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Superintendent Lone Finalist

On May 2, 2017, the Texas City Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved Rodney Cavness, Ed.D. as the lone finalist for Superintendent of Texas City ISD.

Cavness currently serves as the Superintendent/CEO of Port Neches-Groves ISD. His 27-year education career began in Beaumont ISD as a teacher/coach. He served as an assistant principal in both Silsbee ISD and Beaumont ISD and the principal at Beaumont’s West Brook High School. He was the Superintendent/CEO in Evadale ISD from January 2007 through August 2010 before Port Neches-Groves, where he has served that district for the last 7 years.

“Dr. Cavness has a proven track record of strong financial accountability and utilizing effective academic practices, while enhancing teamwork. He is a big supporter of enrichment programs including academic, athletics and fine arts. He also is a proponent of CTE and STEM programs. These are just a few reasons why we believe Dr. Cavness is the ideal candidate to lead Texas City ISD,” stated Dickey Campbell, TCISD School Board President.

“Texas City ISD has the highest academic rating the Texas Education Agency gives to districts and we have the highest financial ratings. We have a great staff in place and we believe that Dr. Cavness is going to enhance our strengths and challenge us to keep striving for excellence in all areas,” Campbell stated.

The state requires a 21-day waiting period before the lone finalist can sign a contract and become an official employee of the district. The TCISD Board of Trustees will call a special meeting on May 23, 2017, where Cavness is expected to sign a contract.

Cavness graduated from Lamar University in 1990 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology. He received his Master of Education in Administration from Lamar University in 1994. He received his Doctoral degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston in 2004.

He is the recipient of multiple professional awards, including Region 5 Secondary Principal of the Year (2005) and Region 5 Superintendent of the Year (2010). He is active on state education association committees and in his local community. He presently serves on the Texas Education Agency Commissioner’s Cabinet.

Cavness and his wife, Tanya, have 6 children and one grandchild. Their youngest daughter will be a seventh grader next school year.

Once Cavnes signs his contract after the 21-day waiting period, he will become the 16th superintendent in Texas City since 1913. He takes over from Dr. Cynthia Lusignolo who is retiring June 30, 2017. She has been the superintendent in TCISD for five years.

Search Timeline

Working with School Executive Consulting, Inc., the Board of Trustees has laid out a timeline for interviewing and ultimately hiring a new superintendent of schools. The timeline below highlights the milestones in the superintendent search as identified by the Board.

January 2017

  • School board discusses transition process and selection of superintendent search firm.
  • School board selects School Executive Consulting, Inc. to conduct the superintendent search.
  • State and national promotion of open position commences inviting nominations of outstanding candidates from across the country.

Application Deadline: March 21, 2017

March 2017

  • School board meets with search firm to identify interview candidates.

April 2017

  • School board conducts candidate interviews.

May 2017

  • School board finalist(s) for position of superintendent of schools.
  • May 2, 2017 - Begin 21-day period for official employment and contract execution.
  • May 23, 2017 - School board approves employment contract.

July 2017

  • New superintendent assumes position.