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Dallas, FW ISDs Initiate Super Search

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    AP

    Administrators in the Dallas and Fort Worth Independent School Districts are aggressively searching for replacement superintendents.

    In Dallas, Michael Hinojosa has accepted a job overseeing Cobb County schools in Georgia, while in Fort Worth, Melody Johnson resigned after leading the district for six years.

    On Tuesday, FWISD trustees selected Deputy Superintendent Walter D. Dansby as the district's interim superintendent.

    Dansby said he supports a statewide and national search for a permanent superintendent.

    He began his career with the district as a middle school teacher and coach in 1974 and has been a high school basketball coach, assistant principal and principal, as well serve in district management positions. As the district's deputy superintendent, he oversaw a $593.6 million effort to renovate and build schools that is on time and under budget, FWISD said.

    On Monday, DISD trustees unanimously named Alan King, the district's chief financial officer, as interim superintendent.

    He will serve until the board hires a permanent replacement. King told trustees he would not accept a salary increase while interim superintendent.

    "I've seen a lot during my career and I feel like with my experience and with the staff we have in the district we should be able to accomplish anything we need to do," said King.

    The DISD interviewed five candidates for the interim job, including Nolan Estes, who held the position for a decade more than 30 years ago. Trustees also considered district chief of staff Claudia Rodriguez, retiring principal Michael Paschall and Jim Scales, a former administrator and current superintendent of schools in Chattanooga, Tenn.

    Hinojosa submitted his letter of resignation to DISD on Monday. He will continue to work on the Dallas budget until his last day, June 30.

    King, a certified public accountant, has been with the DISD since January. Previously, he was the deputy superintendent in the Lewisville Independent School District for 12 years. He has also worked for the Goose Creek and Harlingen school districts.