New super’s contract on agenda

The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees will meet in executive session at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the board room of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave.
Trustees will discuss the status of the superintendent’s contract negotiations.
Scott Muri, currently superintendent of Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston, was named the lone finalist by the school board April 23 by a 7-0 vote.
By law, the school board must wait 21 days before finalizing a contract with Muri.
He will replace Interim Superintendent Jim Nelson who was appointed after former Superintendent Tom Crowe retired last fall.
The firm of Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates conducted the search for the new school chief.
Mike Atkins, the attorney for the school district, said this is not out of the ordinary to have a discussion on the status of the superintendent designee’s contract.
At the regular May 14 board meeting, Atkins said he and the board will go over the contract again in executive session. Tentatively, the plan is to have a special meeting May 15 to approve everything. Atkins said that will be the 22nd day.
Muri has a bachelor’s degree in intermediate education and middle school education from Wake Forest University; a master’s degree in public school administration from Stetson University in Deland, Fla., and a doctorate in educational leadership from Wingate University in Matthews, N.C.
Muri has been superintendent in Spring Branch for four years. During that time, academic achievement gaps narrowed in five of five areas and overall student achievement rose, a news release stated.
He oversaw the redesign of the compensation system and recruiting efforts to more effectively recruit and retain employees, the release detailed. Spring Branch has a budget of $300 million, student enrollment of 35,000 ranging from high wealth to economically disadvantaged and 4,600 employees.
He also has served as deputy superintendent of academics in Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, which has 96,000 students and 100 campuses.
Before that, he spent five years at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, N.C. His roles included area superintendent, zone superintendent and chief information officer overseeing research and evaluation, along with technology infrastructure and instructional technology innovation.
He has been an elementary school teacher, middle school math/science teacher, instructional technology specialist and high school dean of students and assistant principal and principal, the release said.