Wes Holt

Holt

Connally Independent School District’s interim superintendent, Wesley Holt, is expected to be formally offered the permanent position at a board of trustees meeting Friday.

Holt took over as interim Connally superintendent in July after the retirement of Frances Penland.

He was named the lone finalist for the position earlier this month.

On Friday, the board will hold a special meeting to vote whether to offer him a contract.

Multiple requests for comment from Board President Susan Thames went unanswered. Emails sent to all Connally ISD trustees were not returned.

Holt said even though he has been in the position only a brief period, he is proud of the work Connally High School has done to become an early college high school as designated by the TEA.

Early college high schools provide students who may not otherwise go to college the opportunity to take dual-credit courses leading to an associate’s degree or 60 hours college credit at no cost.

“It has been a need in our district for a while,” Holt said.

He said one of his goals as superintendent is to increase academic performance in the district.

Last fall, Connally Elementary School and Connally Junior High School both received “improvement needed” designations from the state for missing the “closing performance gaps” index, one of four accountability measures.

Holt said the district increased tutoring to address the problem, and the schools showed improvement on assessments in December.

“We’re really excited. We’ve made some strides, and we’re on track,” Holt said.

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