The Fort Worth Independent School District Board of Education named its new superintendent Tuesday.
Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner, currently superintendent of the largest high school district in Phoenix, Ariz., was officially hired as the new permanent superintendent at Tuesday night's board meeting.
“Dr. Kent Scribner is a proven leader who is nationally respected --- and, quite simply, he is the right fit for Fort Worth. He will take our students to the next level. And, he will address the achievement gap,” said Board President Jacinto Ramos, Jr. “I am proud of the work that the ‘Team of Nine’ trustees did in selecting Dr. Scribner, and I look forward to us being a ‘Team of Ten’ as we go into the future.”
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Dr. Scribner will officially assume his permanent duties on October 15, 2015.
In the interim, he will spend several days per week learning more about the Fort Worth, its students, teachers, staff and community.
“Although leaving Phoenix will be difficult, I am eager to serve the students and community of Fort Worth. Leading Fort Worth ISD is a tremendous opportunity for me both personally and professionally,” said Dr. Scribner. “My parents, sister and her family live in the North Texas area. I am convinced that Fort Worth ISD is poised for great success. The District’s impressive Board of Trustees, talented staff and engaged business community are among the ingredients required to build a prosperous school-community.”
Scribner is currently the superintendent of the Phoenix Union High School District, which serves more than 27,000 students in grades 9 through 12.
Scribner also serves as commissioner for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
Dr. Patricia A. Linares has served as Fort Worth ISD interim superintendent since June 2014.
“We wish to thank Dr. Pat Linares for her amazing stewardship of the District. By the generous gift of her leadership and expertise, she gave us the time to find the right person to become the next permanent superintendent of the Fort Worth ISD,” Mr. Ramos said.