• Dennis McCaslin

Fort Smith school superintendent leaving for similar post at Texarkana

According to a Tuesday morning press release, Fort Smith Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Doug Brubaker, has been named as the lone finalist for the position of superintendent in the Texarkana, Texas Independent School District.

The announcement was made today following a favorable vote by the Texarkana, TX

Board of Education.

Dr. Brubaker, who has served as FSPS Superintendent since January 2017, said,

“Taking on the superintendent role in Texarkana ISD represents a great move for our family professionally and personally, and we are very excited about it. It’s also important to share that Heather and I love Fort Smith and are grateful that our family has had the opportunity to live, work, and grow in such an exceptional community over the past four years. For me, it has been a great privilege to work with our outstanding school board, educators, staff and community members to expand

opportunities for students. With such a strong school board and team in place, I know that we can look forward to hearing great things about Fort Smith Public Schools in the years to come.”

Texas law requires a 21-day waiting period between a school board’s action and the date that the employment contract may be signed. Dr. Brubaker is expected to begin work as their superintendent on January 4, 2021.

FSPS Board of Education President Bill Hanesworth said, “As one might expect Dr. Brubaker’s announcement took me by surprise but understandable given the success the district has had under his tenure. I would compare it to a sports team that wins a national championship and suddenly the head coach and his assistants become targets for recruitment. In a sense we should feel a sense of pride that our district has attracted the attention from other districts recognizing our accomplishments.

So, to you Dr. Brubaker we wish you and your family the best on your new assignment. Thank you for a job well done.

Our attention now must turn to continuity of leadership. The timeliness of this transition is most important to continue the momentum we have built over the last several years. The Board understands the importance of leadership continuity and will begin its task immediately to ensure a smooth transition."

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