By Christina Calloway
PNT senior writer
Logan Municipal School District Superintendent Johnnie Cain was named the new superintendent of Portales schools Monday night at the school board’s monthly meeting.
Board President Alan Garrett says Cain’s experience as a teacher, coach and administrator in eastern New Mexico made him the best fit for the position.
“His focus seems to be very much on students and their success,” said a relieved Garrett.
The selection of Cain was the conclusion to months of searching and sifting through candidates. At one point in the search, the pool was narrowed down to four finalists and the board initially offered the position to Grady Superintendent Ted Trice, who declined the offer. Cain was not one of the four finalists.
Garrett says Cain made indications of his management style that made Garrett feel the board made the right choice.
“He made it clear he won’t be a micro-manager. He recognizes there’s not one right answer to every situation,” Garrett said. “I think you’ll find he’ll come in and not change everything.”
Garrett describes Cain as quiet, calm and soft-spoken and added that he feels Cain will learn the flow of the district.
Cain is expected to start as superintendent within the next 30 days.
“I appreciate the hard work and I know that they’ve done a good job,” said Portales schools Interim Superintendent David Van Wettering about the board’s decision.
Cain replaces retired Superintendent Randy Fowler.