Texas City ISD’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name Rodney Cavness the lone finalist for superintendent of Texas City ISD.
The district in Galveston County has 14 schools, and 9,000 students, according to the TCISD website.
Cavness has been the superintendent/CEO of Port Neches Groves since 2010. His twenty seven year education career began at Beaumont ISD as a teacher and coach.
Cavness has served as assistant principal in both Silsbee ISD and Beaumont ISD and the principal at Beaumont’s West Brook High School. He was the superintendent/CEO in Evadale ISD from January 2007 through August 2010.
Cavness graduated from Lamar University in 1990 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Kinesiology. He received his Master’s in Education in Administration at Lamar University. He received his Doctoral degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston in 2004.
He is the recipient of multiple professional awards, including Region 5 Secondary Principal of the year in 2005. Cavness also received Region 5 Superintendent of the year in 2010. He is active on state education association committees and in his local community. He presently serves on the Texas Education Agency Commissioner's Cabinet.
Dickey Campbell, TCISD School Board President stated:
"Dr. Cavness has a proven track record of strong financial accountability and utilizing effective academic practices, while enhancing teamwork. He is a big supporter of enrichment programs including academic, athletics and fine arts. He also is 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.”
"Texas City ISD has the highest academic rating the Texas Education Agency gives to districts and we have the highest financial ratings. We have a great staff in place and we believe that Dr. Cavness is going to enhance our strengths and challenge us to keep striving for excellence in all areas.”
The district required to wait 21 days after naming the lone finalist before voting on hiring.
The TCISD Board of Trustees will call a special meeting on May 23, 2017, where Cavness will sign a contract.
Cavness and his wife, Tanya, have 6 children and one grandchild. Their youngest daughter will be a seventh grader this coming school year.
Once Cavnes signs his contract after the 21-day waiting period, he will become the 16th superintendent in Texas City since 1913.
He takes over from Dr. Cynthia Lusignolo who is retiring June 30, 2017. She has been the superintendent in TCISD for five years.