The search for Lake Travis High School’s new principal will continue into the upcoming school year after a pool of candidates failed to meet the district’s criteria, according to a July 5 letter to parents from Superintendent Paul Norton.

The position was left vacant after former Principal Gordon Butler was named assistant superintendent for Carroll ISD in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Butler began his career at Lake Travis ISD in 2016.

While multiple highly qualified candidates expressed interest in the open position, Norton said they could not commit to leaving their districts or relocating so late in the year. He added the remaining applicants did not meet the criteria requested by high school staff and administrators.

“Summer is a difficult time of the year to secure an administrative position of this caliber,” Norton wrote.

As a result, the district will temporarily fill the position with an interim principal who will provide the campus with leadership at the start of the 2021-22 school year. The search for a permanent principal will continue in the spring hiring window in 2022.

Norton did not announce the name of the interim principal but told parents and guardians that the information will be released once finalized.

Lake Travis High School is the growing district’s sole high school campus and served more than 2,000 students in the 2020-21 school year, according to data from Texas Education Agency.