Trustees have named Mark L. Jackson acting superintendent for the Mansfield school district. Jackson will take over Monday and serve until Superintendent Jim Vaszauskas returns from cancer treatment.
Jackson, who was Burleson superintendent from 2002 to 2010, is familiar with Mansfield.
“This is an excellent opportunity to help Dr. V,” said Jackson, who was named to the position Wednesday. “We talked about the situation, and I’m excited about taking the position. I would rather it had been under much different circumstances. I’m helping out a friend.”
Jackson, 60, said his primary focus will be on helping prepare the district’s budget for 2015-16. The retired superintendent, who lives in Mount Vernon, stepped in as interim Keller superintendent for two months in summer 2012 when the district was between superintendents.
Vaszauskas, 58, is scheduled for surgery Tuesday at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to remove a malignant thymoma tumor. Vaszauskas had surgery for the same type of tumor 18 months ago. He will undergo 33 radiation treatments this summer but plans to return to his post by mid-August, he said. Thursday was his last day before going on leave.
Vaszauskas, who has accumulated leave, will continue to receive his annual salary of $239,700 during his absence.
Jackson will be paid $900 a day, or $203,400 yearly based on 226 days.
Jackson earned his master’s degree, doctorate and superintendent’s certificate at the University of North Texas. He started his career in the Grand Prairie school district, where he taught math and coached tennis before becoming principal at Grand Prairie and South Grand Prairie high schools.
Vaszauskas was hired as the Mansfield associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction in May 2009. He was named acting superintendent Feb. 5, 2013, after Superintendent Bob Morrison left to be Garland superintendent. Vaszauskas was named superintendent on July 23, 2013.
This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.
Amanda Rogers, 817-473-4451