SDUSD Supt Greeted by Applause in Houston

San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Terry Grier was named the new superintendent of the Houston Independent School District according to a published report.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Houston's school board welcomes Dr. Terry Grier.

    After a little more than a year on the job, the head of the San Diego Unified School District is moving on.

    SDUSD's Superintendent Terry Grier, rumored to be the frontrunner for the role of superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, is in fact, packing his bags for Texas.

    Applause Greets Grier in Houston

    [DGO] Applause Greets Grier in Houston
    Houston's school board welcomes Dr. Terry Grier, San Diego Unified School superintendent on Thursday, August 20, 2009. (Published Thursday, Aug 20, 2009)

    The Houston school board voted Thursday afternoon to name Grier as its next superintendent, according to the Houston Chronicle. Trustees must wait 21 days after naming the sole finalist to make the hiring official under state law, the paper reported.

    School district spokesman Bernie Rhinerson told voiceofsandiego.org Wednesday that the superintendent had not been offered a job and could not confirm whether he was a finalist.

    However, Grier traveled to Houston Thursday and took part in a news conference called by the Houston Independent School District.

    In the video, Grier smiles as he shakes hands with the board.

    "I think there is a wonderful opportunity here," he said to the crowd.

    “The community is very lucky to have a board that is reform-minded, that cares about the children and cares about the community,” Grier said in Houston. “I look forward to working with the board and working with the community.”

    The job offers Grier a compensation package that could top $400,000 a year, the Chronicle reported.

    The news has caused anxiety in the district with several school board members including Katherine Nakamura who told voiceofsandiego "I'm at a loss for words."

    Read more about the reaction from employees and board members in the full article on voiceofsandiego.org.