The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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May 9, 2008

PISD OKs new chief

PALESTINE — It only took a moment for Palestine Independent School District trustees to seal the deal on their lone finalist for superintendent Thursday night, officially hiring Mabank High School principal Dr. Thomas A. Wallis to serve as the district’s new leader.

Wallis was named PISD’s lone finalist for superintendent during an April 16 called meeting, but state law required trustees to wait 21 days before officially hiring the candidate.

“We welcome you to Palestine and to this community,” board president Dyna Tutt told Wallis Thursday during the meeting. “We are looking forward to working with you.”

Wallis, who likened the 21-day waiting period to a wedding engagement, said that he was more than pleased about the “marriage” between himself and the district.

“I am so excited to be coming to Palestine,” Wallis said after Thursday’s meeting. “The people of this community have already offered a positive outpouring of support through letters and e-mails.

“I think it is going to be a great marriage.”

While Wallis doesn’t officially begin his tenure until June, he will be visiting Palestine often, getting acquainted with staff, administrators and the community.

“I will be touring the campus’ next week and visiting with (retiring superintendent Jerry) Mayo,” Wallis said. “I want the transition between Mayo’s time here and mine to be smooth. I think that will be vital.”

Wallis also said he is looking forward to working with the people of Palestine and plans to make himself available to them.

“I want people of this district to know that my door will be open,” he said. “I want to hear all the great things about the district and all the concerns, because it is their district.”

Wallis comes to PISD with many accomplishments under his belt. One of his most recent includes his being named the 2007 Texas Association of Secondary School Principals’ High School Principal of the Year.

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