Assistant superintendent sole finalist for Texas job
CHAMPAIGN – A top Champaign school district administrator is a finalist for a superintendent job in Texas.
Assistant Superintendent Ecomet Burley is the sole finalist for superintendent of the La Marque Independent School District, near Galveston. The La Marque school board is scheduled to discuss the position and name a superintendent at a meeting tonight
La Marque school board members visited Champaign Wednesday and spoke with Superintendent Arthur Culver, Champaign school board members and other school officials, said Assistant Superintendent Beth Shepperd.
Burley's possible departure would likely mean the Champaign school district would lose an elementary principal as well. Burley's wife, Frances Burley, is principal of Dr. Howard Elementary School.
The couple came to Champaign from Texas. Ecomet Burley was hired in July 2003 by the school district as assistant superintendent for achievement and pupil services. He is responsible for discipline, supervising the two high schools and Columbia Center, overseeing alternative education programs and health services.
He was chief officer of customer services for the Houston school district when he was hired by the Champaign school district, and previously served as assistant superintendent of the Lubbock Independent School District.
Frances Burley was named principal of Dr. Howard in June 2003. She had been an assistant principal for a school in the Fort Bend district near Houston.
Shepperd said school districts in Texas must wait 21 days after naming a new superintendent to formally hire that person.