Nederland ISD announces lone finalist in superintendent search

  • Dr. Stuart Kieschnick is the lone finalist for superintendent of Nederland ISD.
    Dr. Stuart Kieschnick is the lone finalist for superintendent of Nederland ISD.

The Nederland ISD and the Board of Trustees announced Aug. 4 that they have selected a lone finalist for the position of Superintendent of Schools. On Monday, Aug. 3, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name Dr. Stuart Kieschnick as the lone finalist.

Dr. Kieschnick currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction for the Nederland Independent School District that encompasses over 600 employees and 5,200 students. Kieschnick began his career in education as a teacher and coach in 1991. He served the students of Nederland in the classroom for eight years before transitioning into administration in 1999, serving as an Assistant Principal, Principal and Assistant Superintendent over the last 21 years.

Kieschnick is a former graduate of Nederland High School and received his undergraduate degree from Lamar University, where he then earned his Master’s degree in 1999, and doctorate in 2012. Kieschnick is “a dedicated family man,” reports NISD, and has been married for 30 years to his wife Jodi. They have two daughters, Madison and Anna Grace. He enjoys golf, hunting, farming and reading.

The Board of Trustees, along with consultants from Region 5 ESC, conducted an exhaustive search open to qualified candidates, screened each application received and an impressive slate of candidates were interviewed. Dr. Kieschnick was then selected as the lone finalist. The board stated that it would like to express its appreciation to every candidate that applied, as well as those who were interviewed.

Board President Micah Mosley said, “At the end of the process, it was clear to each of us that Dr. Kieschnick was the best fit for the future of Nederland ISD. We are confident that he is the perfect choice to lead our district moving forward. We would also like to express our deepest gratitude to our most recent former Superintendent, Dr. Robin Perez, and thank her for leadership. We know that Nederland ISD will continue to grow and serve our students.”

“I am honored to be named the lone finalist as Superintendent of Schools at Nederland ISD. Nederland has been my home for 58 years and I know this community is eager to work as a team as we move forward into the next generation of learning. I look forward to the opportunity to build on the tradition of excellence, encouraging the philosophy of ‘Failure is Not an Option,’ and seeing that the 2019 bond is completed on schedule and on budget. We have endured an exceptional last six months and I am confident our team can transform learning for our students,” said Dr. Kieschnick.

State law requires a 21-day waiting period before a finalist can be hired. Nederland ISD trustees plan to vote on Kieschnick’s contract at their Aug. 25 meeting.