The Mansfield ISD School Board on Tuesday, Nov. 19 named a lone finalist in its search for a new district leader. With unanimous approval, Dr. Kimberley Cantu is the sole candidate to be MISD’s next superintendent. According to state law, the school board must wait 21 days before offering her a contract.
Cantu is currently the district’s deputy superintendent. She has worked in public education for 27 years.
“We as a board felt that Dr. Cantu is truly the best fit to be the next leader of Mansfield ISD,” said School Board President Karen Marcucci. “She has a shared vision of making MISD a destination district committed to excellence, and we’re excited to see the different opportunities that will bring to our students, parents and staff members.”
In a neighboring district, Cantu later served as principal, a director in curriculum and instruction and executive director of human resources. She returned to Mansfield in 2012 as a director in human resources and held various leadership roles in human resources before being appointed as the district’s deputy superintendent.
“Mansfield ISD is home, and I’m honored to have the privilege to lead such a wonderful district,” said Cantu. “It’s well known that MISD is a great place to live, learn and teach. I’m ready to continue building relationships with our students, parents, staff members and community members so that we can ensure that our students graduate confident to take on the world.”
The longtime educator is also an active member of the Mansfield Rotary Club and participates in Meals on Wheels and other service projects.
MISD’s school board began its search for a superintendent after Dr. Jim Vaszauskas announced his retirement in June.