The Stephenville Independent School District Board of Trustees, at its November 10, 2021 meeting, named Dr. Eric Cederstrom, of Pine Tree ISD, as finalist for superintendent. By law, the Board must now wait 21 days before voting to hire Cederstrom to be the new superintendent for Stephenville ISD. Cederstrom is slated to replace out-going Superintendent Dr. Matt Underwood.
The Board has followed a lengthy process in determining the finalist. In August, the Board hired Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Executive Search Services to direct the search. TASB consultants met with staff and community groups to discuss leadership qualities of the new superintendent. The profile developed from these meetings was the yardstick used by the Board and consultants in evaluating the applicants for the position.
The Board selected seven applicants for initial interviews and then two applicants were invited back for a second interview. The Board is scheduled to vote to offer a contract to Cederstrom on December 13, 2021. Cederstrom has served as Deputy Superintendent at Pine Tree ISD since 2018. Prior to that, he was Superintendent of schools for the Palo Pinto ISD from 2008-2018.