Following the sudden resignation of Judson ISD Superintendent Jeanette Ball in late November, the Judson ISD board of trustees named an interim superintendent as it begins laying the groundwork to search for a superintendent.
After a more than two hour closed session Thursday, the board voted 5-2 to appoint Milton Fields, former deputy superintendent of student support services, as interim superintendent.
While the board unanimously accepted Ball’s resignation, trustees Suzanne Kenoyer and Renée A. Paschall voted no on the motion to appoint Fields.
In closed session, the board discussed an agenda item regarding “employee concerns.” When the board reconvened, trustees unanimously voted to continue the discussion in closed session.
The board also unanimously voted to begin the request for qualifications for a superintendent search firm.
Fields is a Judson High School alumnus and a U.S. Air Force veteran. Over the past 20 years, Fields has served in many public education roles including teaching, coaching, serving as department chair, principal and district administrator.
Fields holds two master degrees, in human resources and management, and a doctorate in educational leadership.
“The Board is confident in the ability of the administrative team to continue the work of the district in educating students, supporting the staff, providing resources to families and strengthening relationships within the community,” the district wrote in a statement Friday. “Led by Fields, the team will work hard to ensure a smooth transition as the Judson community navigates this change.”
It remains unclear when Ball resigned, if she was asked to resign and why. The board described it simply as a “personnel matter.” As part of her resignation agreement, Ball was paid $140,000.
Ball led the district starting in 2018 after previously serving as superintendent of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District. She was under contract through January 2025. Earlier this month, Ball helped shepherd a $345.3 million bond to approval by voters.
In its statement Friday, the district said the board has begun discussion on the search process for a new superintendent.
“They believe that in order to continue the trajectory of success throughout the district, input from staff, students and the community about what qualities are important in the district’s leader is imperative. Opportunities for stakeholders to provide that input will be part of the search process.”