Following a search spanning several months, Lake Travis ISD named Paul Norton as the lone finalist for the district’s superintendent position during a virtual June 17 board meeting.

Norton, superintendent of Texarkana ISD, will fill the role left vacant after LTISD Superintendent Brad Lancaster announced his official retirement in December 2019.

Following Lancaster’s announcement, the district contracted services from Houston-based law firm Thompson & Horton LLP to aid in the search process. LTISD reviewed about 40 candidates within its extensive search, according to Board President Kim Flash.

The candidate pool was competitive, and Norton’s impressive record stood up immediately, Lancaster noted.

Norton, a lifelong resident of Texarkana, has served in public education since 1996. He holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Texas Tech University as well as a Master of Science in education from Texas A&M University—Texarkana.

Texarkana ISD encompasses 34 square miles and serves approximately 8,200 students across nine elementary campuses, one middle school, one high school and two alternative schools.

The board extended their congratulations during the virtual meeting which featured Norton and his family.

“Dr. Lancaster has placed us in an incredible position for you to be coming into, and the sky is the limit,” trustee Bob Dorsett Jr. said.

Norton said he was humbled and honored to be selected as the lone finalist.

“Lake Travis ISD is an outstanding school district with a rich tradition of excellence in all areas. This is a responsibility that I don’t take lightly,” Norton said in an LTISD press release.

In the coming weeks, Norton will work alongside Lancaster and meet with LTISD senior leadership staff during the 21-day waiting period required prior to selecting a finalist.