Hull-Daisetta ISD names lone finalist for superintendent

Hull-Daisetta ISD’s board of trustees on Nov. 13 selected Tim Bartram as the lone finalist for superintendent for the district. Bartram is currently the superintendent of Aspermont ISD, a small, rural school about 60 miles north of Abilene, Texas.

State law mandates a 21-day waiting period from the time a lone finalist is named until a district can formally hire the candidate as superintendent, so Bartram will not officially be hired by H-D ISD until after the board of trustees meets on Dec. 5.

School Board President Kelly Berry said that Bartram was one of three finalists to replace outgoing superintendent Dr. Mary Huckaby, who is retiring.

“Choosing a superintendent is a very in-depth process. We interviewed six applicants and narrowed it down to three finalists. Then we did a second round of interviews and made our selection from there,” Berry said. “Mr. Bartram met all of the requirements we wanted in a new superintendent. We are looking forward to what he can bring us.”

Bartram has devoted 27 years of his life to education, spending all of those years at two different school districts. For Iowa Park ISD, he spent 15 years as a teacher, three years as assistant principal and five and a half years as principal.

He left Iowa Park when he was named superintendent of Aspermont ISD, a position he has held for three years.

Bartram said he isn’t looking to shake up things when he arrives at Hull-Daisetta ISD. Instead he wants to look, listen and learn.

“I am going to pay attention and learn what is going on in the district. I am not planning to go in and make a lot of changes. I am simply going to figure out what works and collaborate with the community and staff to enhance the academics of the district,” he said.

No matter where you go, the principles of educating students are the same, he said.

“Kids are kids, and staff is staff. We just have to get down to business and work to educate the students and take care of the district’s needs,” Bartram said.

Bartram said he and his wife, Sandra, are looking forward to being closer to the Houston area where some of their children and grandchildren live. Together the couple has six children and 17 grandchildren.

A self-professed “beach guy” and surf fisherman, Bartram said he is looking forward to being closer to Texas beaches.

By Vanesa Brashier,

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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