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Mineola Independent School District has chosen an interim superintendent.

The Mineola ISD board voted to select Randy Hancock during a special called meeting on Tuesday night.

The decision comes less than a month after the board approved a separation agreement between the district and Superintendent Kim Tunnell.

Public records obtained by the Tyler Morning Telegraph show that the agreement includes a $117,000 severance payment and non disparagement agreement between both parties, as well as a nondisclosure agreement.

It is still unclear exactly what led the board to its decision, which came just days after accountability ratings showed the district had earned an overall letter grade of a ‘B’ but the elementary school was rated an ‘F’.

Only a handful of community members were present on Tuesday and none spoke during the public comment period.

The board spent two hours in executive session interviewing two candidates and discussing the matter afterward.

Hancock previously served as a superintendent for Maypearl ISD, Howe ISD and Royse City ISD. He retired in 2012, according to a news release from the Mineola ISD.

The statement from the district said Hancock has proved to be adept at helping with the transition process.

He will start his new role on Monday.


Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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