School district chooses retiring boss’ replacement

By Trishna Buch

AN EAST TEXAS schools boss has been selected as sole finalist for Cynthia Lusignolo’s job at Texas City.
The city’s independent school district trustees have approved Port Neches-Groves ISD superintendent Rodney Cavness to take over when she retires at the end of June after five years at the district helm.
They selected him unanimously on Tuesday and will hold a special meeting on May 23 for him to sign his contract.
Cavness, left, has been superintendent and CEO of Port Neches-Groves ISD for the past seven years. His 27-year educational career began at Beaumont ISD, where he worked as a teacher and coach. He has also worked at Silsbee ISD and is a former principal of West Brook high school in Beaumont and is a member of the Texas education agency’s commissioner’s cabinet.
Before joining Port Neches-Groves, the Lamar University, Beaumont, graduate was CEO and superintendent of Evadale ISD for three years.
He has received several professional awards including the state’s region-five secondary-school principal of the year in 2005 and regional superintendent of the year in 2010.
After Cavness’ selection, TCISD board president Dickey Campbell said he has “a proven track record of strong financial accountability and utilizing effective academic practices, while enhancing teamwork”.
Campbell added: “He is a big supporter of enrichment programs including academic, athletics and fine arts and is also a proponent of CTE and STEM programs.
“These are just a few reasons why we believe Dr Cavness is the ideal candidate to lead Texas City ISD.”

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