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DISD Board President On List For Top Job In Orlando

By Ryan Crowe, CBSDFW.com
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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas ISD Board President Lew Blackburn could be the next person from the district to be heading east.

On Wednesday Blackburn’s name appeared on a list of 21 candidates to take over as superintendent of the Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Florida.

The list was compiled by McPherson & Jacobson, a firm the Orlando district hired to facilitate their search.

View the list: Orange County Superintendent Search Candidates

The Florida district confirmed Blackburn was on their list, but district spokeswoman Kathy Marsh said they have not reviewed the list or started the vetting process to select finalists.

Blackburn has been unavailable for comment on being named to the list.

The Orange County district is the 10th largest school district in the United States based on student enrollment.  Dallas ISD is the 14th largest.

Last year, DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa took a job with Cobb County School District outside of Atlanta, Georgia.  At the time Hinojosa said he took the opportunity to be closer to his family.

Blackburn had also recently been mentioned as a candidate for the superintendent of schools in East Baton Rouge Parish in Louisiana.  That district had hired PROACT, the same company DISD has enlisted to assist in their search for a candidate to replace Hinojosa.

On Tuesday the East Baton Rough Parish announced Blackburn was not on their finalists list.

Blackburn was previously mentioned as a possible candidate for DeSoto ISD’s top job before that district went with Kathy Augustine, who was later dismissed for her roll in a cheating scandal in Georgia.

Blackburn currently represents DISD’s district 5, covering the Oak Lawn, West Dallas, Wilmer, Hutchins and parts of Oak Cliff.  He has served as a music teacher, principal and administrator for schools across North Texas and is currently listed as Vice President of Business Services for the Dallas Can Academies.

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