San Diego native currently works in Robstown

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Ben Bolt - Ben Bolt school board members named a finalist late Tuesday for superintendent of Ben Bolt schools.

The sole finalist announced is Dr. Grace Everett, a native of San Diego currently working in Robstown.

"We had a good discussion and every (board member) had their say," said school board president Gracy Garcia. "In the end, she pretty much was the top finalist."

The Ben Bolt school board members went into closed session at 9 p.m. and returned with the finalist's name two hours later at 11: 15 p.m. By law, the district has a 21-day waiting period for Everett's acceptance. Everett was chosen from 18 applicants, who were narrowed down to eight.

Everett received her doctorate from Texas A and M University in Educational Leadership, master's degree at Texas A and I University in English, and bachelor's degree also in English and associates in general curriculum from the University of Maryland. In her resume, she lists that she has her certification as a superintendent.

The board said Everett's leadership and curriculum knowledge put her over the top of other candidates.

"We felt her experience in curriculum would be a good thing for the district along with her leadership skills," Garcia said. "We feel it will benefit the children."

In other business, the board approved to ratify a resolution passed by the Jim Wells County Appraisal District board to sell its one-acre track of land.

A representative of Coastal Bend College gave a report on the progress of Ben Bolt students who participated in the TRiO program. Also an update of the drug testing committee was given, but the policy has not been finalized.

The board approved for the superintendent to purchase playground equipment for the Palito Blanco Elementary School for an estimated amount of $30,000 with PTO donating $4,000 for the playground.

The next school board meeting is set for the first week of June.