Sylvia Reyna, chief of administration for the Fort Worth school district who has been promoted by a group of LULAC members to be considered for the next superintendent of the district, officially took her name out of consideration by issuing the following statement, in part, via email to her supporters and board members yesterday:
I am humbled by the support I have received from the LULAC organization and from numerous persons in our community to apply for the position of Superintendent of the Fort Worth Independent School District. Though I sincerely and wholeheartedly appreciate the kind expressions of support, I want to let you know that I have not applied and will not apply for the position. While I certainly feel that I have the credentials, experience and qualifications to lead this or any other school district, it is not the right time for me to place my name for consideration. With that said, I do feel that that are many other qualified candidates who can assume the helm of this great district, including our current Interim Superintendent, Walter Dansby. I have always been and will continue to be a loyal employee of FWISD and support Mr. Dansby as he serves as our Interim Superintendent. In addition, should he be selected as our Superintendent, Mr. Dansby will continue to receive 100% of my support.
Con mucho cariño, Sylvia R. Reyna, Ph.D.
With Reyna stepping out of the picture, the only in-house candidate is interim super Dansby, a Fort Worth native who has been with the district for 38 years in different positions from teacher to coach to principal to deputy superintendent to his current post. According to trustees, the board will go through the list of applicants next week and will begin interviewing those chosen the second week in January. No applicants’ names have been released. However, support for Dansby remains high, according to several board members, because of his knowledge of the district, his record as an educator, his background, having been raised in the low-income community of Stop Six by parents who encouraged him to get an education, and his record of openness and transparency. The only glitch in his qualifications when he was appointed was the fact that he had not yet taken the test for a superintendent’s certification even though he had done the course work, he told Fort Worth Weekly in an earlier interview. He recently took and passed the test, clearing the way for his permanent appointment if the board so chooses. If that happens, he will be the first African American full-time superintendent of the district, which is now over 80 percent minority.