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The Austin American-Statesman reported late Wednesday the Texarkana Independent School District Superintendent Paul Norton has been named the sole finalist for the same position in The Lake Travis School District.

The decision was made at LTSD board meeting Wednesday.

"I am excited to be joining the Cavalier family and be part of such an amazing district," Norton told board members at the meeting, according to the Austin American-Statesman's online story. "This is a responsibility that I don't take lightly."

The former superintendent announced his forthcoming retirement in in December.

The Thompson & Horton LLP consulting firm led the search. Forty applicants were considered.

About Norton, the board president Kim Flasch said, "He brings to us an impressive record of leadership outcomes, successful school programs, and dynamic community involvement," the Austin newspaper reports.

Norton began superintendent at TISD in 2011, following Larry Sullivan. Prior to that he was Texas High School principal. Earlier, he served in the administration of the Pleasant Grove School District in Texarkana.

Norton has a bachelor degree for Texas Tech University and a master of science degree from Texas A&M University-Texarkana where he earned principal and superintendent certifications.

He has lived in Texarkana all his life.

According to the Statesman's story, law requires a 21-day waiting period before the board can offer Norton an official contract. The base salary of his predecessor was more than $300,000. Norton's incoming salary was not revealed.

Lake Travis is located west of Austin. The school board's decision was announced on the school district's website Wednesday night and reported in the Community Impact Newspaper.

Norton is a graduate of Pleasant Grove High School. He began his career in education in 1996 as a teacher and coach at Pleasant Grove Middle School, later becoming an assistant principal at the high school, according to a 2011 Texarkana Gazette story.

He was hired as the associate principal at Texas High School in 2001 and named principal in 2003.

Norton has been an adjunct professor of Public School Management and Organization for A&M-Texarkana students working toward a principal certification.

In 2005, he was named the Region VIII High School Principal of the Year by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals. In 2006, he was honored as the Principal of the Year by the Volunteers in Public Schools.

Norton has served the Texarkana community through civic work, including as an American Red Cross volunteer, member of the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce Membership Recruitment Committee, TAMU-T Tuition Review Committee. He is or has been a member of the Wilbur Smith Rotary Club and the Texas A&M-Texarkana Alumni Association, having served as secretary and president.

About Norton, the LTSD board president Kim Flasch said, "He brings to us an impressive record of leadership outcomes, successful school programs, and dynamic community involvement," the Austin newspaper reported.

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