NOCONA, TX (KAUZ) - After narrowing down the pool from 49 to one, Nocona Independent School District board members have chosen who they want as their next superintendent.
The search for this lone finalist started in June and ended at Monday night's school board meeting with Doctor David Waters.
Dr. Waters is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Llano ISD, a central Texas school district.
He said he and his family were hoping to move to a small town adding Nocona is the perfect fit.
Dr. Waters' has two kids who will go to Nocona ISD.
Guy Hill, Nocona School Board President, said Dr. Waters' experience makes him the right pick.
He has been a high school teacher, elementary and junior high school assistant principal, an elementary school principal and has worked at the district level for the past four years.
"I've been on campuses with kids from 1st to 12th grade and have experience with a vast variety of situations and things," said Dr. Waters. "So hopefully whatever comes our way I will at least have some experience."
Dr. Waters said his top priority is the students.
"The first thing in my mind is always going to be the kids and how are the decisions that we're making going to affect the kids," said Dr. Waters.
Hill said that is one of the many reasons the board believes he is the man for the job.
"I felt like he was just a great fit for our community and our school district," said Hill. "He's got the background, he seems to be a very driven person, he seems to understand small towns and we felt like that was important."
Dr. Waters will be working under the current Superintendent Dr. Vickie Gearheart.
Superintendent Gearheart has been with NISD for 12 years and spent 36 years in education. She is retiring at the beginning of 2018.
She said the size of the applicant pool just goes to show how great of a school system NISD is and that people want to come to Nocona.
Darren Francis, Region 9 Deputy Executive Director, said they helped the district with its search.
Francis said this is one of the largest number of applicants they have had for a superintendent position in a while.
He too credits the Nocona community and size of the school district for the high response and quality of those interested.
The board members have to wait 21 days to finalize their decision. They will vote at the October 16th board meeting to make it official.
Dr. Waters said he will be at that school board meeting with his family.
He is expected to work alongside the current superintendent from November to December and will start leading the district on his own in January.