Harrell is lone finalist at UCISD

Jennifer Fry

Staff writer

Twenty-six years after he was first hired as a teacher for Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, Hal Harrell has been named lone finalist in the district’s search for superintendent.

On Thursday in a special meeting of the UCISD board of trustees, board members unanimously voted to make Uvalde High School class of 1981 graduate Harrell the lone finalist. Six other applications were also received.

“I’d like to say we had a lot of amazing candidates apply – very qualified – but we are very, very happy with our lone finalist and we can’t wait to see what he’s going to do for us, spectacular things, I’m sure,” said board member Anabel White after the board had reconvened.

Luis Fernandez held a similar sentiment.

“We’re here to support you,” he told Harrell during the meeting. “I know you’ll lead us and get us where we need to be.”

When asked how he felt after the announcement, Harrell said he felt “wonderful.”

“It’s a community feeling,” he elaborated. “This board – we’ve worked together; we’ve grown together.


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