DENTON (1080 KRLD) – The president of the Denton ISD school board says the district will not conduct a nationwide search to find a new superintendent.

After 14 years as superintendent, Dr. Ray Braswell recently told the school board he is retiring. School Board President Mia Price says they discussed hiring an outside search firm like Dallas, but with the budget crunch and their deputy superintendent already in mind for the job that just didn’t make sense.

When asked about the reaction of parents to the decision to name the deputy superintendent as the lone finalist Price said, “I think everybody has been a little bit surprised. I don’t think anyone expected this. Our goal was not to have anybody worried about it, particularly during the STARR testing.”

Jamie Wilson, who gets his PhD from UNT this weekend, has been on what Price calls a 7-year job interview as the district’s No. 2. He most recently helped the school system deal with budget cuts brought on by a lack of state funding.