The Shiner school board members identified Tuesday their top pick for the district’s next superintendent.
Members selected Alex Remschel as their primary candidate for the job, said Andrew Schacherl, the school board president. Remschel is currently the assistant superintendent of the Academy school district in Little River-Academy.
The selection came almost three months after the district’s superintendent, Trey Lawrence, announced he would retire at the end of the school year.
Remschel, 47, has worked in the Academy school district for 20 years. Prior to serving as assistant superintendent, he served as principal and assistant principal of Academy High School, the athletic director, a coach and teacher. Before he joined the Academy district, he worked in the Hudson and Yorktown districts.
Remschel was born and raised just 20 minutes down the road from Shiner, in Gonzales. He said he has always been fond of the town.
“I’ve always held Shiner in high regard, even when I was back in high school in Gonzales a long time ago,” he said. “It is a wonderful community with really good people who care deeply about their schools.
“A place like that, which is so rich in history, is just very appealing to me.”
Schacherl said Remschel was selected by the board from 40 applicants who were narrowed down to six who were interviewed.
“There was something about him (Remschel) that fit the profile of someone who would want to come in here and continue the success,” he said. “When you’re successful, like we are, you can become complacent. He seemed like someone who would not only want to come in here and maintain successes, but also kick it up a notch.”
Lawrence previously told the Advocate that his last day will be Aug. 31 so he can help the board with the 2019-2020 school budget. Schacherl said that date is contingent upon the completion of budget planning and changes related to House Bill 3.
Under state law, the board must give public notice of the name or names of finalists being considered for the position at least 21 days before voting to officially hire the district’s next superintendent.
The district will officially offer Remschel a contract to sign at a board meeting during the first week of July, after the 21-day period has passed, Schacherl said.
Remschel has three children – a junior in high school and two twins in seventh grade – who would attend Shiner schools, assuming he takes the job. He said he is eager to get to town and join the community.
“The first thing I want to do is get to Shiner and start meeting people and building relationships that will help us be successful moving forward,” Remschel said.