UPDATED: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 12:46am
WACO -- From Baylor Bear, to lone finalist in Midway's search for a new superintendent.
Dr. George Kazanas is no stranger to Central Texas.
"He already has a reputation in the Central Texas area and so it will be wonderful," Traci Marlin with Midway ISD said.
If he looks familiar it's because before he moved to be superintendent in Wichita Falls, Kazanas was also superintendent at China Spring ISD.
After a unanimous vote from the Midway board of trustees Thursday night, Dr. Kazanas is heading back to Central Texas, and hopes are high for his arrival.
"We just need to make sure that we're keeping up with the state demands, budget cuts, a change in population and it'll be great to have a visionary leader to take us there," Marlin said.
Out of the 30 applicants for superintendent it was Kazanas' track record and communication skills that set him apart.
"He has run a district about twice the size of Midway and done that successfully and is still a recognized district, which is a very positive thing. He is a wonderful communicator. We think that is very important in a superintendent and will be a very positive face for Midway," Midway Board of Trustees Vice President, Tom Pagel said.
For legal purposes there is a 21 day waiting period before a contract can be signed.
Dr. Kazanas was not available for comment today but we'll keep you up to date. The next special board meeting will be held April 26th, at which time Dr. Kazanas is scheduled to sign the contract.