Superintendent Named

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Andre Spencer, Area Superintendent for the 205,000-student Houston Independent School District in Houston, Texas, has been chosen by the Harrison School District 2 Board of Education as the district's sole candidate for the next superintendent. Spencer, a native of Baltimore, MD, succeeds Mike Miles, as Harrison superintendent. Miles now is superintendent in Dallas, Texas.

Spencer has been a regional superintendent in Houston since 2010 and oversees 15 schools with up to 15,000 students and a $700,000 budget. He heads school improvement, coordinating with principals and instructional teams to boost student academics. He brings to Harrison a broad range of education experiences, ranging from teacher to principal and central office administrator. He is on track to receive his doctorate in June.

Deborah Hendrix, President of the Harrison School District 2 Board of Education, said of Spencer: "Andre is a superbly qualified leader who commanded the immediate respect of the Board, staff and community members who had the pleasure of meeting him while he was here for his interview last week. We enjoyed an unusually high quality pool of applicants from throughout the nation, but Andre rose to the top in the minds of every member of the Board. His engaging style is matched by a work ethic that has established him as a leader who can and will take this district to the heights we already are aiming for."

Spencer interviewed with the board last Wednesday, then toured the community and a number of schools in the district. Later that evening, both he and the other final candidate, Dr. Jan Vesely, were greeted by a large gathering of community and staff members at a reception for both candidates. The application files of both candidates also were reviewed by a select group of community and staff members.

Spencer is scheduled to assume his duties with the Harrison district January 1, 2013.

For more information about Harrison School District call Christine Lyle, Public Information Officer at 579-2310.