Northwest Independent School District trustees have named Mark Foust as the lone finalist to fill the North Texas district’s open superintendent position.

Foust is currently superintendent of Kerrville Independent School District in Central Texas.

Monday night’s announcement by Northwest ISD starts a 21-day waiting period required by law before a finalist chosen by the board can officially be hired, allowing the public time to assess the candidate.

Northwest ISD, a district with about 29,000 students located north of Fort Worth, has been searching for a new top administrator since September, when Superintendent David Hicks died unexpectedly just four months after being hired away from Sherman ISD.

Michael Griffin, the district’s assistant superintendent for instruction and curriculum, has been serving as acting superintendent during the search.

Prosper Independent School District’s embattled Superintendent Holly Ferguson also sought the position, participating in a final round of candidate interviews on Saturday.

Northwest ISD’s superintendent prior to Hicks earned $309,000. Foust’s latest contract with Kerrville ISD, signed in September, pays a base salary of $238,945.

Parents and community members can contact the NISD board of trustees with any question or comments about Foust.

If Foust gets the job at Northwest ISD, that will create yet another superintendent opening to be filled.

More than a dozen Texas school districts are actively searching for new superintendents.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.