By Ryan Crowe,

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Fort Worth school board announced their lone finalist to replace former superintendent Melody Johnson Tuesday night.

The board voted unanimously to name interim superintendent Walter Dansby as the finalist for the district’s top job, a capacity he has been serving in since June of last year.

Dansby, a 37-year veteran of the district, had been the frontrunner for the position since his installment as interim.

Dansby will now go through a 21-day vetting process before officially being named to the position.

The district spent $56,000 to conduct a nationwide search before naming Dansby as their candidate.

In a statement from Fort Worth ISD, Dansby called the nomination ‘humbling’, adding it was his goal to do everything for the benefit of FWISD students.

“My top proporty is to look at budget also look at scheduling for our kids for next year,” he told CBS 11 shortly after being named the finalist.

Larry Shaw, the head of the United Educators Association, calls Dansby the best pick for the position.  “He’s got a temper. He’s a superintendent. He and I will wrestle and argue but he’s fair.”

As interim Dansby has been paid $270,000 from the district.  As associate superintendent he made $213,000, and tried to turn down the raise last summer in the face of the district’s budget and staffing cuts.

He will likely be given a raise once officially named to the full position.  Before retirement Johnson was being paid $328,000.

Dansby, a graduate of Fort Worth’s Dunbar High School, will become the first African American superintendent in Fort Worth ISD history.

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