The Allen ISD school board has named Lawrence Hindt as the lone finalist for the school district’s superintendent vacancy.
“It’s a great place,” Hindt said. “I looked at three things and one was the support the community provides the Allen Independent School District. It’s also got a good staff, an excellent staff, and the student body is phenomenal, not only in the classroom through academics, but in extracurricular clubs and organizations. It sparked a big interest for me when it became open and I stayed interested.”
Hindt has been superintendent of the Stafford Municipal School District, the state’s only municipal school district, since May 2011. He has also served as assistant superintendent at Fort Bend ISD, the district where he spent 20 years of his career working as a teacher, coach, principal and administrator.
Tuesday’s announcement followed weeks of candidate interviews. The school board considered 43 applicants and interviewed seven candidates in December and January before narrowing that count to two candidates in February.
“We were looking for a visionary, a strategic planner, someone who is a great communicator,” said Louise Master, school board president. “He has a wealth of experience in a small district as a superintendent, but also in a large district as a deputy superintendent. So, I think that wide range of experience is really going to help this year. He has a proven track record.”
Hindt will fill a position former superintendent Ken Helvey held for seven years before retiring in September. Beth Nicholas served as interim superintendent after Helvey's retirement while continuing in her role as assistant superintendent for learner services.
Hindt won’t take the position until a 21-day waiting period mandated by state law passes. During that time, he will continue contract negotiations with the school board, which will make an official motion to hire him after the conclusion of the waiting period.
“I think during the 21-day waiting period and even in the first three or four months that I get here, in a 21,000 student school district, there’s a lot of people I need to go around and meet,” Hindt said. “That’s really what my game plan is. Of course, we’ve got to tackle the budget and some strategic planning, but my main job is to get out and see the district.”