Finalist seems well-suited for FISD

Eric Wright is taking a step up in his career. The Ph.D. named the “sole finalist” by the Fredericksburg Independent School District’s Board of Trustees, seems well-prepared to step into the leader’s role in the largest local school system.

While he technically has until Jan. 2 to decide, FISD is viewed as “a good gig,” evidenced by the more than 60 applicants for the top spot.

Wright comes from Huntington ISD, a smaller Class 3A school with around 1,800 students. By comparison, FISD educates between 2,900 and 3,000 on its six campuses.

One thing Wright already is cognizant of is that he “has big shoes to fill.” Retiring Supt. Marc Williamson, who led the district for the past 17 years, has put FISD in an enviable position of high academic achievement, coupled with an encouragement of innovative programs — such as the aerospace program at Fredericksburg High School.

Williamson and trustees also benefitted from rising property tax values, allowing the district to keep the same tax rate for the past seven years. It still takes a conservative outlook to run a district of this size in this community, but, again, Wright has led HISD to “recognized” scores from the Texas Education Agency, in spite of being one of the 50 lowest-funded districts in the state.

Wright comes with rave reviews from staffers who took time to visit with FISD trustees when they visited the campus. The superintendent also has led a district that does its best to customize education for individual students. That should mesh well with FISD’s system, one that has strived to close the gap between white and non-white students, and has seen success by any measure.

We welcome Dr. Wright and wish him well in his efforts to educate our children.

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