Earlier this month, Big Spring ISD Superintendent Chris Wigington announced that he will be leaving the district after this semester to take another Superintendent position at Bushland ISD.
During tonight's special meeting of the Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees, one of the items on the agenda included the discussion of possibilities for who would be named as Interim Superintendent. After about an hour of discussion in a closed session, it was agreed upon that Johnny Tubb would be appointed as the Interim Superintendent for Big Spring ISD. His duties will begin on December 11th, 2017 and will continue until a new Superintendent has been hired.
According to Tony Kennedy, President of the Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees, Tubb is a great choice for an interim at this time because they didn't want to take anyone out of a current position because they are shooting for a goal to get all schools out of an "Improvement Required" status, which Kennedy says they are close to achieving.
"We just want to keep everybody in place, bring an Interim in, let the ball keep rolling and keep going the same exact way," says Kennedy of why the Board chose Tubb. "We are very comfortable with him not making changes, going the way that we think the district would, which is still up. I think he can build relationships and keep that going." Kennedy went on to say that Big Spring ISD would be opening Superintendent position at a later date.
Tubb, retired as a Superintendent from Grady ISD in 2011 after 17 years. Since then, he's been an Interim Superintendent for Glasscock ISD, Dawson ISD, and Assistant Superintendent under Superintendent Dr. Amy Jacobs for Coahoma ISD.
When asked how he felt to be named as Interim, Tubb stated, “I'm extremely excited to lead Big Spring ISD for the near future. I would like to the Board of Education for trusting me to continue the good work that has been during Chris Wigington's tenure as Superintendent. Hopefully, as we continue we'll strive to improve each campus's performance and overall district improvement. I hope that I can bring strength, stability, and support necessary to obtain these goals; and on a personal note, I'm really looking forward to renewing many friendships with staff, friends, and colleagues as I return to an area where I've spent most of my career.”
Kelli Wigington, Principal at Kentwood Early Childhood Center, and wife of Chris Wigington, will finish out the school year in Big Spring before relocating to Bushland. The principal for Kentwood ECC after Mrs. Wigington’s departure has not yet been named.