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07/18/02

TISD Superintendent Finalist Chosen

Here are some quick facts about Dr. David Simmons.

He's 42 years old. He's a native Texan who grew up in Pasedena and Deer Park Texas. He has a bachelors and masters degrees in education from Stephen F. Austin and a doctorate from Texas A&M. Dr. Simmons is currently the Superintendent of schools in Texas City going on his fourth year there. Before that he was the Superintendent in Wimberley and Presidio, TX. He was also an Assistant Superintendent in Monahans.

Dr. Simmons says this is an attractive position to him, and if chosen, he says he'll work toward making TISD the best in the state.

"Well, if I am fortunately enough to receive this position after the 21 day waiting period, I think sometime in the near future we will need to reexamine the facility needs at TISD and also focus on academic standards and student performance for all students," says Simmons.

Channel Seven also talked with Dr. Simmons about the failed bond issue. We asked him if he would consider something similar if he is chosen -- here's what he said.

"I think with the failure of that referendum the need didn't go away so I think at some point sooner or later the district when the trustees decide to will need to reconsider that whole matter."

Over the next three weeks doctor Simmons will meet with people all over the community. The school board will make him available to you in a variety of public forums.

His introductions begin tomorrow when he will meet with the mayor.

Board members said Dr. Simmons was there sole choice for the Superintendent finalist because " he just rose to the top." They said all the candidates they saw were great but that Dr. Simmons just seemed like a better match for Tyler.

Dr. Simmons also has ties to East Texas with family throughout the area.

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