Alvin school board's top pick is Hillsboro ISD superintendent

Hillsboro Independent School District Superintendent James "Buck" Gilcrease has been named the lone finalist to lead the Alvin school district.

"We are confident Gilcrease holds the qualities and experiences that will continue the district's success," AISD board president Cheryl Harris said in a prepared statement after Gilcrease's selection was announced Monday.

State law requires a 21-day waiting period before a superintendant candidate can sign an employment contract.

Hillsboro ISD is between Waco and Dallas along Interstate 35 and has 2,000 students. The rapidly growing Alvin district has an enrollment of 20,885.

"The reputation of Alvin ISD has been spreading. When the chance to join the Alvin ISD team became available, I jumped at the opportunity," Gilcrease said in a district press release.

Alvin ISD officials noted that Gilcrease has serves as the legislative chair for the Texas Association of School Administrators and is active in the Texas Association of Suburban/Midurban Schools, the National Superintendant Leadership Network and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Former superintendant Fred Brent resigned in June after 3 1/2 years at the helm.

Gilrease, 49, is married and has a teenaged son.

In addition to serving as a superintendant, he previously worked as a high school principal, teacher and coach. He holds a doctorate of education from Texas A&M–Commerce, a master's degree in education from Tarleton State and a bachelor of arts from the University of North Texas.

He and his family have been members of First Baptist Church of Hillsboro and he has served as a church deacon.

Gilcrease is also a member of Lions International, Rotary International and Boys and Girls Clubs.