• Keri and Lonny Winters with their children, Maggee and Nash.

Winters named lone finalist for superintendent position at L-K CISD

Linden-Kildare CISD named Keri Winters the lone finalist for the superintendent position at a special meeting on July 24. 
“I want to review the financial health of the district and look at some campus improvements that need to be made and try to see what can be done now, and things we can afford in-house,” said Winters. 
Winters has been principal of L-K High School for five years. 
“I love being a high school principal and it has been a great job for me for the last decade, but I am ready for some new challenges and I am looking forward to this next chapter,” said Winters. “I want to build relationships with more people in the community. My position at the high school required a lot of time and I didn’t have a lot of opportunity to that.” 
Winter’s has been employed in several other school districts including Jasper, Grapeland, Waller and Flower Mound.
During her time at Flower Mound she served as women’s athletic director and head basketball coach. 
Winters has also worked at Angelina Junior College and West Texas A&M University.
She attended Stephen F. Austin State University, where she earned her master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and math. 
Winters and her husband have two children, Maggee, 8, and Nash, 6, who attend school at Linden-Kildare.
“I think we have a good school district and we could have a great school district. I know a lot of the staff and students we have here are quality people and I think we can build on that,” said Winters. 
Winters will be replacing Roger Hailey, who has served as interim superintendent at Linden-Kildare CISD after the resignation of Trevor Rogers, who served the district for two years. 
“I think Mr. Hailey has come in and made a lot of decisions that needed to be made, he has been very professional and approachable, he’s been very good at seeking input from administration and school officials, he is very data-driven and we think a lot alike when it comes to things like that,” said Winters.
“I have learned a lot in the last four months from Mr. Hailey and I have told him to keep his phone close because I plan to use him as a mentor.” 
Winter’s hometown is Elysian Fields, where her parents and sister still reside. 
“This is not necessarily my hometown but I plan for it to be my kids’ hometown and that is important to me,” said Winters. “I grew up in a small school, I love my church home, I love my Emmaus community and I love my school district.” 
When asked if she thinks that the district would try for another bond in the near future, Winters said, “I want to do a lot of research first. I have been so engrossed in taking care of this place for the last five years that I really haven’t done the digging myself and the data that I want to look into.”
“I listened to a lot of the opposition when it happened and I think they made some valid points and those are the things that I want to look into and address, and I don’t think it’s something we will try to do right away.” 
During the five year she served as principal of L-K High School has achieved many accomplishments, such as being named Principal of the Year by the Texas Rural Education Association in 2014 and being chosen Region VIII Principal of the Year in 2015.
Winters is involved in statewide committees. She serves as assistant regional coordinator for Region VII’s Service Center and is on the legislative committee of Texas Association of Secondary School Principals.

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