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Cody Mize

Mineola ISD has decided on a finalist for the district’s superintendent position.

Cody Mize, currently the Winona ISD superintendent, will return to his alma mater. The Mineola High School graduate has been Winona ISD superintendent since 2016, according to a news release.

The district has been looking for someone to fill the role since former Superintendent Kim Tunnell resigned in August.

“There is a sincere resolve inside of me as a former student to return to the community that has helped raise me and work alongside like-minded individuals who want nothing but greatness for all stakeholders that Mineola ISD represents,” Mize said.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s from the University of Texas at Tyler. He has worked as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal before being a superintendent, the release stated.

“We are excited to name Cody Mize as our lone finalist and look forward to his coming on board after the 21-day waiting period,” MISD Board President Dr. John Abbott said. “We had a number of high-quality applicants from which to choose, but Mr. Mize’s experience and track record put him at the top.”

The final vote for Mize to officially become superintendent is planned for Jan. 3, after a mandatory 21-day waiting period. His start date will be on or before Feb. 3, according to the district.

The school board selected Randy Hancock, who had served as superintendent in other districts, as interim superintendent in September, less than a month after it approved a separation agreement between the district and Tunnell.

Public records obtained by the Tyler Morning Telegraph showed that the agreement included a $117,000 severance payment and nondisparagement agreement between both parties, as well as a nondisclosure agreement.

Danny Mogle contributed to this report.

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