As three Central Texas school districts look to fill vacancies for their top administrators, trustees in Hays became the first to land a candidate this week.
Michael McKie, the interim superintendent of the Fort Bend school district near Houston — the seventh largest district in the state — will take the helm at the fast-growing Hays school district, filling a position left vacant after Jeremy Lyon left last year for another fast-growth district, Frisco, north of Dallas.
The Hays school board voted unanimously Wednesday night to name McKie, 54, the lone finalist for the job. McKie, an assistant superintendent in Fort Bend, leaves the district as former Pflugerville superintendent Charles Dupre takes the helm there.
The superintendent shuffle continues for Pflugerville, which is still searching, and for Round Rock, which is seeking to replace Jesús Chávez after he retires at the end of the year.
A former teacher, McKie served in leadership roles at Fort Bend, including principal. He was named an assistant superintendent in 2006 and served as acting superintendent since August 2012.
McKie has a master of education from Stephen F. Austin State University and received a state superintendent certification in 2010.
McKie said he watched Fort Bend nearly double in size in the time he’s been in the district, so he has experience with growth and the challenges it brings, including preparing bond proposals, financing new buildings and finding ways to make sure parents, students and staff are served equally as a district expands.
“The first thing I’m going to be doing is hitting the ground listening and learning,” he said. “That’s first and foremost on my end, to really build relationships and earn trust.”
McKie said he has only heard positive things about the Hays district. “My family and I are truly looking forward to moving to the community,” he said.
McKie was chosen from a pool of 111 applicants.
“Mr. McKie is a perfect match,” Board President Willie Tenorio, Jr., said in a statement. “He puts students first. He is a person with strong moral character and integrity. And, he’s a humble leader who inspires trust and treats people with respect.”