Dr. Jim Vaszauskas Named Lone Finalist for Mansfield ISD Superintendent
Mansfield, TX – At the June 25, 2013 school board meeting, trustees unanimously voted in favor of naming Dr. Jim Vaszauskas the lone finalist for the district's Superintendent position.
Dr. Vaszauskas served as the district’s Interim Superintendent of Mansfield ISD since the board appointed him to that role on February 5 following the departure of previous Superintendent, Dr. Bob Morrison to Garland ISD.
The naming of Dr. Vaszauskas as lone finalist follows the School Board’s process for selecting the next full-time Superintendent. The School Board secured an outside consultant to help determine the community’s attitude on the direction of the district and to develop leadership characteristics desired in the next MISD Superintendent. At their May 28, 2013 regular meeting, trustees voted unanimously to forgo hiring an outside search firm and post the superintendent position for internal candidates only.
“Dr. V provides stability and positive direction for our district,” said Beth Light, Board President. “This will allow the administration and staff to focus their attention on the upcoming school year. Again, we appreciate the feedback we received from the community.”
“I am honored the board has selected me as the lone finalist for the Superintendent's position and appreciate their confidence,” said Dr. Vaszauskas. “We have a great leadership team in place and I look forward to working with our staff to help our students achieve. MISD is a wonderful community and I am honored to serve.”
Dr. Jim Vaszauskas is in his 32nd year of service to Texas public schools and prior to being named Interim Superintendent, served as the Associate Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Accountability. The curriculum division is responsible for the instructional needs and assessment for 41 campuses and over 33,000 students.
Dr. V (as he prefers to be called) served as a classroom teacher for 20 years and also held positions as a coach, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. Dr. Vaszauskas earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Baylor University, his Master's of Arts from Texas Wesleyan University, and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University.
After being named the lone finalist, a state-mandated 21-day waiting period will take place before Dr. Vaszauskas can officially begin his tenure as Superintendent.
Dr. Vaszauskas’ areas of expertise include administrator development and evaluation, curriculum development and alignment, leadership training, and policy development and analysis. He has published several articles on these topics and is a frequent speaker at local and statewide professional development conferences. He has received advanced training in the Baldrige Continuous Improvement Framework and is trained as a curriculum auditor.