Cuero superintendent prepared to face future (video)

Sonny Long

Feb. 10, 2012 at 9:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 10, 2012 at 8:11 p.m.

Cuero superintendent Henry Lind may face an uncertain future, but the veteran school administration is prepared for whatever happens.

Lind, who has been superintendent of the Cuero school district since 2004-05, did not receive a contract extension from the school board -- something traditionally done during the first meeting each new year.

His contract runs through the 2014 school year.

On Thursday, the board met in executive session, then took no action, on a voluntary exit agreement for Lind, who makes about $125,000 a year.

"I'm kind of an agreeable guy," Lind said. "Whatever it takes to make things better for everybody, that's what we are going to do.

"If it's putting a new superintendent in place, I've been here going on nine years. We've done good things," he said.

Among those good things, Lind said, were increasing the school district's fund balance despite economic hard times statewide.

"When funding for school was short, Cuero ISD has increased its fund balance from $3 million to more than $9 million," he said, also giving credit to his staff. "That's not just one person, that's several people working together to make things happen."

Lind also noted that facilities have been upgraded during his tenure.

"We've done a lot of work. Parking lots paved. Football field redone, stands and concession stands. A second roof on a building on the Hunt campus," he said. "And it's all paid for and we're still able to put money in the bank."

Lind added that the academic environment in the school district is also a successful one.

"Our education system is not lacking," Lind said.

School board president B.J. Drehr, restricted by what he can say about the situation because it is a personnel matter, said the voluntary exit is not on the agenda for the next regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 16.

Lind will make recommendations for the district's other administrative positions during that meeting.

"Henry is still the superintendent. Our meeting last night was primarily to get legal counsel to figure out what the contract says," Drehr said. "Without board action, you can't even negotiate. If there is action taken, it will be at a properly posted and conducted meeting."

Lind said the use of the word "voluntary" simply means that is something he has to agree to whether it's a change in placement, title or status.

Drehr also recalled a situation in 2006 when Lind's contract was also not extended.

"The following year it was renewed," Dreher said. "Call it an increase in productivity or whatever you want to call it. But it was extended the following year and he got a full three-year contract."

Lind said he is prepared for whatever the future holds.

"I have no bad feelings about being here. I don't really have any feelings about leaving here. Because I know it's not personal," he said.

Lind said of the more than 1,000 superintendents in the state, at least half of them, maybe more, have faced similar situations.

"A superintendent stays an average of 21/2, three years. But it's not personal. It's just a condition of the job," Lind said.

Since Lind came on board in 2004, four of the seven board members are different than the ones who hired him, he said, again recognizing that those types of changes go with the job.

Drehr emphasized that the situation with the Cuero superintendent had nothing to do with the way he handled the recent allegation of sexual contact with a child on the French Elementary School campus.

"It just so happened that both things occurred within days of each other," Drehr said. "They are not related whatsoever."

Cuero police found no evidence of wrongdoing in that case.



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