Fort Worth

June 11, 2014

Fort Worth school board picks Robbins as president

Norman Robbins, a Lockheed executive, is chosen to hold the gavel for one year.

Leadership changes in the Fort Worth school district continued Tuesday night when the board elected District 7 Trustee Norman Robbins as president.

The vote was unanimous for Robbins, senior manager of community relations at Lockheed Martin.

Robbins has represented District 7 since 2004. He was re-elected without opposition in 2013.

Robbins replaces Christene Moss, who finished the one-year term.

“And if you want this chair, you can take it now,” Moss said.

Under district policy, the president leads meetings, prompts discussions, makes motions, calls for votes and appoints members of district committees.

“I hope we all work with a sense of urgency because what we do here is really important,” Robbins said. “It’s an honor to serve with all of you.”

Last week, Walter Dansby abruptly resigned as superintendent. Robbins was one of three trustees who voted not to accept his resignation.

On Monday night, the board voted 8-0 to hire Pat Linares, a former deputy superintendent, as interim superintendent.

Last week, Hank Johnson, assistant superintendent of business and finance, announced his retirement.

Trustees are expected to have a special meeting at 4 p.m. Friday to hammer out the details of Linares’ contract. They are also expected to hold an open forum for public comment and discuss the details of a superintendent search process.

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