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January 19th, 2016
Eads agrees to stay put until San Marcos CISD trustees choose new superintendent


3:02 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20  |  Eads released this statement through San Marcos CISD spokesperson Iris Campbell:

“I agreed to remain as interim to maintain stability in the district. With a record enrollment of over 7,900, our primary focuses must be that our students continue learning in a consistent manner, and that our educators receive the direction and support that they need to make that happen. I look forward to continue working with our team.”

Also, Austin-based executive search firm JG Consulting is hosting a series of community engagements as part of the district’s superintendent selection process. The next meeting is 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 in the cafeteria at Goodnight Middle School, 1301 Texas 123.



10:38 p.m. TUESDAY, JAN. 19  |  Following a 4-3 vote at a special San Marcos CISD board meeting Tuesday evening, Superintendent Mark Eads will stay in his position on an interim basis until trustees hire a replacement later this year.

Emerging from an executive session, the board approved a motion from trustee John Crowley to name Eads as interim superintendent at his current salary upon his formal retirement on Jan. 31. Crowley’s motion was supported by board president Kathy Hansen, vice president Anne Halsey and secretary Margie H. Villalpando; trustees Lupe Costilla, John McGlothlin and Miguel Arredondo voted against the motion.

Because Eads was neither one of two finalists still under consideration, the choice came as a surprise to onlookers — and at least some decision makers.

“I was surprised how the night went because going into meeting, I didn’t know he was candidate,” McGlothlin said. “… It’s obviously a little bit of a messy process because it’s been lingering for a couple months. It’s been real divisive on the board as to what we did with this, and has distracted our focus from student achievement.”

Trustees intend to name a superintendent in mid- to late-spring and expect the school district’s new leader to start work sometime this summer, McGlothlin said. Hired in April 2011, Eads announced his resignation in September. He earns a base annual salary of $209,000.

John McGlothlin is the attorney for Mercury Media San Marcos LLC, the Mercury’s parent company.

COVER: San Marcos CISD Superintendent Mark Eads at a February 2013 meeting on a school district bond program and capital improvement program. MERCURY FILE PHOTO.

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