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MESQUITE(CBSDFW.COM) – Mesquite ISD’s Board of Trustees named David Vroonland, Ed.D., as the lone finalist for the district’s superintendent position during a special meeting Monday.

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Vroonland is currently the superintendent in Frenship ISD, a district of more than 8,000 students and 12 campuses on the southwestern side of Lubbock County. He has served in that role since July of 2009.

“We are very pleased to name Dr. Vroonland as our lone finalist, given his passion for children and his track record of improvement shown in prior districts,” said Board President Phil Appenzeller. “We know he will work with our current staff to advance the great things going on in Mesquite ISD.”

An educator for 29 years, Vroonland began his career in 1986 as a teacher and coach in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. In 1991 he accepted a similar position at DuVal High School in Lanham, Md., followed by two and half years as a coach and teacher in Akishima, Japan. In 1995, Vroonland returned to Texas to teach and coach at McNeil Junior High School in Wichita Falls ISD.

His administrative experience began in 1999 in Wichita Falls when he became an assistant principal at Zundy Junior High; he later became principal at Barwise Junior High. Vroonland moved to Allen High School in Allen ISD as house principal in 2003. He opened Ereckson Middle School in Allen as principal in 2004 before assuming the role of assistant superintendent of administrative services in Allen ISD in 2006.

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Vroonland said, “I am very excited about opportunity to serve Mesquite ISD students and the community, and I’m ready to work with staff to continue moving the district forward.”

Vroonland and his wife, Joy, have two sons, ages 21 and 16. Their youngest son is a sophomore in high school.

Vroonland earned his bachelor’s degree from Centenary College of Louisiana, his master’s from Midwestern State University and his doctorate from the University of North Texas.

Texas state law requires a 21-day waiting period after a lone finalist is announced before the Board can initiate a contract with that person. The Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees will vote on the position at its regular Board meeting on Monday, June 8.

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