During a special board meeting on Wednesday, the Alice Independent School District board of trustees named Dr. Carl Scarbrough as its lone finalist for superintendent.

Dr. Scarbrough has held the assistant superintendent in San Antonio ISD since 2016.

"I am excited and honored to join the Alice Independent School District team, and to serve our students, parents, staff, board of trustees and community - Go Coyotes," Dr. Scarbrough stated. 

"I love small towns. Not that Alice is quite that small, but Alice has a strong tradition of excellence," he said. "I will be going back and forth for a bit to finish off the year, but I am excited and ready to start working here as fast possible."

Dr. Scarbrough has 30 years in the education field. During his career, Dr. Scarbrough has led key innovative instructional initiatives at the district level, and his campuses received recognized, exemplary Title 1 Distinction, and National Blue Ribbon awards. 

His previous roles include assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at Seguin ISD; principal and curriculum director at Southside ISD; and high school teacher, coach, instructional coordinator, vice-principal, and principal in Harlandale ISD. 

Dr. Scarbrough is a graduate of Madison High School in San Antonio, and received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Masters of Science Degree from Texas A&I University, Educational Doctorate from the University of Texas at Tyler. 

Dr. Scarbrough is married to Kathleen, an instructional coach at Harlandale ISD, and together they have three sons, Daniel, 36, Spenser, 29, and Steven, 6.

"Kathy will be finishing the school year and than will begin looking for a position here in Alice," Dr. Scarbrough said. "Our son will also finish the school year and be (enrolled) in the district... hopefully for the next 12 years."

The school board followed a lengthy process to determine who the next superintendent would be. The board members hired Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Executive Search Services in January to direct the superintendent search. TASB consultants met with staff and community groups to discuss leadership qualities of the new superintendent to develop a profile that would best fit Alice.

"We are looking forward to the future with Dr. Scarbrough as superintendent. It is an exciting time in Alice ISD," said Alice ISD School Board President Ben Salinas Jr.

On behalf of the school board trustees, Salinas would like to thank the community and Alice ISD staff for its input and involvement in the search process.

Dr. Scarbrough will replace Dr. Alma Charles who resigned for only five months on the job.

By law the board must wait 21 days before voting to hire Dr. Scarbrough as the district's new superintendent. The board is scheduled to finalize a contract with Dr. Scarbrough  on May 24.