The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education officially hired Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner as the new permanent superintendent at Tuesday night’s board meeting.
“Dr. Kent Scribner is a proven leader who is nationally respected — and, quite simply, he is the right fit for Fort Worth. He will take our students to the next level. And, he will address the achievement gap,” said Board President Jacinto Ramos Jr. in a news release. “I am proud of the work that the ‘Team of Nine’ trustees did in selecting Dr. Scribner, and I look forward to us being a ‘Team of Ten’ as we go into the future.”
Scribner is the superintendent of the Phoenix Union High School District in Phoenix, Arizona, a post he has held since 2008. Phoenix Union serves more than 27,000 students in grades 9 through 12 and is the largest high school district in Arizona. He was announced as lone finalist by the board on August 11, 2015. The state-mandated 21-day waiting period expired on Sept. 1 He will officially assume his permanent duties on Oct. 15.
“Although leaving Phoenix will be difficult, I am eager to serve the students and community of Fort Worth. Leading Fort Worth ISD is a tremendous opportunity for me both personally and professionally,” said Scribner. “My parents, sister and her family live in the North Texas area. I am convinced that Fort Worth ISD is poised for great success. The District’s impressive Board of Trustees, talented staff and engaged business community are among the ingredients required to build a prosperous school-community.”
Scribner also serves as commissioner for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.