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One of San Antonio’s highest academic achieving school districts has a new leader. At a Saturday morning meeting, Randolph Field Independent School District’s board of trustees named Brian Holt, the current superintendent of Booker ISD, as the lone finalist to succeed former district leader Lance Johnson.

Brian Holt was named the lone finalist for the superintendent position in Randolph Field ISD.

Randolph Field ISD is one of San Antonio’s three military school districts. It has three schools and served 1,467 students last school year.

Johnson, who announced his impending departure from RFISD in November, left at the end of the fall semester for a new job leading Peaster ISD, northwest of Fort Worth. Susan Bendele has been the interim Superintendent in his stead.

Holt currently leads Booker ISD, a small rural district located in far north Texas. Holt previously worked in Borger, Robinson, Connally, and Spearman ISDs, according to his LinkedIn account. All four districts enrolled less than 3,000 students last school year.

Holt received his doctorate of education at Tarleton State University.

Booker ISD is comprised of two schools and educated less than 400 students in school year 2018-19. The district performed well on the State’s report card, scoring a 94 out of 100.

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The earliest the board could vote to hire Holt is at the end of March. Texas law requires school districts to wait at least 21 days from the announcement of a lone finalist to hire a superintendent

Emily Donaldson

Emily Donaldson reports on education for the Rivard Report.