VISD names Harlandale leader as superintendent finalist
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The Victoria school board named Harlandale Superintendent Robert Jaklich as the lone finalist as the superintendent for the Victoria school district.
The board unanimously named Jaklich after almost two weeks of interviews and a more than two-hour executive session Thursday night.
"Tonight, we were discussing the two semifinalists and, wow, we had two fabulous candidates," Board President Tami Keeling said. "It was a great position to be in."
Jaklich comes from the district near San Antonio, where he's been since December 2008. In the past three years, Harlandale ISD schools were rated exemplary or recognized by the Texas Education Agency.
Keeling said Jaklich's record of student success stood out to her the most. But Jaklich also fulfilled the other qualities the district was searching for in a superintendent after seeking community comments.
"He's going to be a great fit for us and be able to take us to the next level," Keeling said.
Keeling said Jaklich has a record of using a systems approach to managing the district and is fiscally sound - two qualities the board hoped to continue from the district's current superintendent, Bob Moore.
Moore announced he would not renew his contract for health reasons.
The board received 66 applications from 17 states for the superintendent position. Members spent at least four hours each night last Monday through Thursday interviewing seven candidates in Victoria before returning this Tuesday and Wednesday to speak with the semifinalists.
Over the next 21 days, VISD and Jaklich will negotiate his contract. When all is approved, Jaklich should begin working in time for the next school year.
Jaklich could not be reached for comment Thursday night.