Nivens gets the nod

Dr. Roosevelt Nivens II, left, was named lone finalist to replace Dr. Thomas Randle, right, as superintendent of Lamar Consolidated ISD. State law requires the school district to wait 21 days after naming a lone finalist before a contract can be signed.

Lamar Consolidated ISD trustees voted Tuesday to name Dr. Roosevelt Nivens II as the lone finalist to replace Dr. Thomas Randle as superintendent of LCISD.

Dr. Nivens is presently superintendent of Community ISD, located in Nevada, Texas.

The vote was unanimous.

However, state law requires a 21-day waiting period after a school board names a superintendent lone finalist before the future school superintendent can sign a contract.

The Lamar CISD School Board will officially vote on the position at its April 27 meeting.

Dr. Randle is retiring after 20 years at the helm of LCISD.

The board’s announcement follows an extensive, nationwide search lasting several months.

The search process included gathering input from community stakeholders, which was used to develop a candidate profile that was nationally advertised.

More than 47 candidates applied for the position.

The board initially narrowed the field of candidates to five candidates and then two finalists who participated in several comprehensive interviews and visited the district and the surrounding community.

Lamar CISD Board President Joy Williams believes Dr. Nivens is a great fit to serve the district as its next leader.

“Our board is excited to welcome Dr. Nivens to our community,” said President Williams. “We were fortunate that many quality candidates wanted to come to our district. After an exhaustive process, our trustees became convinced that Dr. Nivens is the right leader for our rapidly growing district and that he will promote a high level of success for all our students.”

Dr. Nivens has served as the Superintendent of Schools for Community ISD since 2015, a school district encompassing four communities located in the southeast corner of fast-growth Collin County in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

His public education career is centered around advocating and supporting the very best educational opportunities for all students, Williams said.

He began his 24-year career as a teacher in Dallas ISD, assistant principal and principal of Lancaster Junior High and Lancaster High School, and Assistant Superintendent of Achievement and Organizational Management in Lancaster ISD.

Prior to his public education career, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and his Master of Education and Doctor of Education from Texas A&M-Commerce.

Through his leadership in Community ISD, student safety, high academic achievement and student social-emotional well-being were the priorities.

Under his administration, the district earned an A-rating in 2018-2019, realized a 20 percent increase in the number of Advanced Placement students receiving a three or higher on the AP exam, and strengthened student participation in dual credit classes with 98 percent earning college and high school credit, and 10 percent of the graduating class earned an associate degree upon high school graduation. Understanding that each student’s path to success is different, he also expanded Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs and CTE professional certifications, which students can use in the workforce upon graduation.

Dr. Nivens said he looks forward to working with the school board, parents, staff, students and the Lamar CISD community on a shared vision of providing the very best educational experiences for all students.

“Lamar Consolidated ISD is a distinguished school district with a long history of educational excellence,” Nivens said.

“I am honored to be named as lone finalist for superintendent. I look forward to meeting students, teachers, staff, and families soon. Together I believe we can continue and build upon the excellence of Lamar CISD as one family.”

His wife, Karla, and son Roosevelt Nivens III joined him at Tuesday’s board meeting where they were treated to dinner with the trustees.

Dr. Randle wished Nivens well and the school district staff offered to help the Nivens in their move to the community in any way possible.

Roosevelt III is 17 and looks forward to playing basketball at whichever campus he is assigned to.

Mrs. Nivens said the family has yet to decide on where they plan to live within the school district.

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