SAISD Superintendent Candidate Scott Muri speaks at a SAISD meeting. Photo by Scott Ball.
SAISD Superintendent candidate Scott Muri answers reporters' questions during a press conference. Photo by Scott Ball.

Scott Muri, one of two finalists recruited for the superintendent position at the San Antonio Independent School District, who then withdrew from the process after visiting San Antonio a second time to meet the media, has been named superintendent of the Spring Branch Independent School District in suburban Houston.

The announcement was made by the Spring Branch school board in a press release. Muri, who is the deputy superintendent of academics in Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, was the sole finalist for superintendent. The board’s Monday vote to hire him was unanimous. After the obligatory 21-day waiting period, Muri will replace retiring Superintendent Duncan F. Klussmann.

He was recruited to the Spring Branch position by the search consultants David Thompson and Mike Moses, who bid unsuccessfully for the SAISD contract to recruit a new superintendent. Harlingen consultant George McShan and his co-consultant Dr. Rubén Olivárez, a former SAISD superintendent now on the UT-Austin faculty, recruited Muri and Pedro Martinez, who ultimately became the sole finalist and was hired Monday.

Martinez, who was serving as the superintendent-in-residence for the Nevada State Board of Education in Reno, also is replacing a retiring superintendent, Dr. Sylvester Perez.  SAISD has about 54,000 students, more than 90% of whom are Mexican-American and living in households with incomes below the poverty line. He starts on June 1.

Spring Branch ISD serves a more ethnically and economically diverse student body of 35,000 students.

*Featured/top image: SAISD Superintendent candidate Scott Muri answers reporters’ questions during a press conference. Photo by Scott Ball. 

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Robert Rivard

Robert Rivard is editor of the San Antonio Report.