AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Eanes ISD Board of Trustees named Tom Leonard, Ph.D., as the only finalist for the superintendent position which became available after the current superintendent, Nola Wellman, Ph.D., announced she was retiring in November.
Leonard served as superintendent in Barrington, Ill. for seven years where he oversaw a $130 million budget and a district enrollment of 9,200 students. During his tenure, four Barrington campuses were named Blue Ribbon schools, and the high school achieved the highest ACT score in district history. Barrington is one of only a few school districts in the nation to achieve the highest “Strong” AAA Bond Rating by Standard & Poor’s.
Under his leadership, Barrington also created an entrepreneurial business incubator class for high school students, Spanish dual language and Chinese immersion programs, one-to-one technology initiative and a video production and digital arts program.
Before he became superintendent, Leonard was a teacher, coach, math department chair, assistant principal, high school principal and assistant superintendent in several suburban Illinois school districts for 20 years. He earned his doctorate from Loyala University in Chicago. His undergraduate and Master’s degrees are from Northern Illinois University.
Eanes School Board hired Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates to help select a superintendent in December. They started a community-wide survey that included four public meetings and 21 small group meetings with business leaders, elected officials, teachers, students and support staff to gather input on the selection process. The board then interviewed six candidates recommended by the group and selected Leonard.
State law requires a 21-day waiting period after the finalist is announced before the board can enter into a contract with the candidate. The board will vote on the final selection at the regular board meeting on April 30.