The Tomball ISD school board unanimously approved Huey Kinchen as the lone finalist for superintendent of schools at its May 14 meeting. Kinchen would replace John P. Neubauer, who announced his retirement in January.
Kinchen served as the principal of Tomball High School from 1999 to 2004. He then served as the district's assistant superintendent until 2010, when he became the deputy superintendent.
Board members cited Kinchen's experience within the district and his commitment to maintaining TISD's high standards as reasons for why he was chosen.
"I believe I have the knowledge of the district, excellent working relationships with staff and a connection with the Tomball community and their expectations," Kinchen said.
Kinchen said his focus moving forward will be to continue the traditions established by Neubauer, the previous superintendent, while always looking to set the bar higher. In particular, he said the most important things are continuing to hire the most talented faculty and staff, maintaining good relationships with city and county institutions and expanding technology.
"We want our kids to be well prepared for life," he said. "I'm confident we'll accomplish that."
Kinchen said he is honored and excited to take on this opportunity.
"This is the school district that people want to come to," he said. "We are on sound footing academically and financially. I'm stepping into a best case scenario."
The Tomball ISD school board narrowed the field of applicants down to 34 before making the final decision. John McStravick, president of the Tomball ISD school board, summed up the board's feelings at the conclusion of the meeting.
"We know that we've got the right man for the job," he said.
Texas law sets a 21-day wait period after the school board vote before the district can approve Kinchen's contract as the next superintendent.