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Interim Uvalde superintendent frequently tapped in transitions

Gary Patterson, former head of East Central ISD faculties, has served as an interim superintendent at six completely different districts in seven years.

SAN ANTONIO — Uvalde’s newly-named interim superintendent has developed a popularity as a type of fixer, frequently referred to as on to regular shaken faculties. 

Trustees Wednesday tapped Gary Patterson to steer the UCISD till the board finds a everlasting alternative for retiring superintendent Hal Harrell. 

It’s not clear when Harrell will formally relinquish his title or when Patterson begins his work. Trustees accepted Harrell’s retirement Tuesday with out disclosing particulars about any separation settlement. 

Nearly 5 months after a gunman murdered 19 youngsters and two academics at Robb Elementary, Patterson is charged with stabilizing feelings and bridging divides in the small metropolis. 

It’s not the primary problem he is accepted, although it’s actually probably the most daunting. 

“Gary Patterson is choosing to do this,” stated Roland Toscano, who changed Patterson as East Central ISD superintendent in 2014. Toscano labored for Patterson as a principal, previous to Patterson’s short-lived retirement. 

“He doesn’t have to do this, and I think that’s an important part of why he’s the right man for the job,” Toscano continued. 

Patterson joined ECISD in 2000. He navigated a messy faculty board election virtually instantly after his arrival. The state ultimately appointed a monitor to supervise board actions. 

During that point, Toscano says Patterson demonstrated an distinctive listening potential. 

“He’s just calm,” Toscano stated. “He’s authentic. He’s genuine.”

Patterson left ECISD in 2014. Five years later, the district named its $11 million performing arts middle after the previous superintendent. 

In the final seven years, Patterson has acted as interim superintendent for not less than six completely different faculty districts throughout Texas. 

He guided La Vernia ISD after a intercourse abuse scandal rocked faculty management. He led D’Hanis ISD, simply miles from Uvalde, throughout the 2020 COVID year.  

In the final decade, Patterson has additionally substituted as superintendent at Falls City ISD, Pflugerville ISD, Lake Dallas ISD, and Lewisville ISD.

He frequently works as a college board guide, too. He most not too long ago suggested Wichita Falls’ trustees on monetary issues. 

Toscano says Patterson is “masterful” at aligning faculty selections to neighborhood values.

“He wants to help communities make progress and move towards healing,” Toscano stated. “It’s his life’s work.”

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