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Joe Harrington named as Lone Finalist for HEB ISD Superintendent

The HEB ISD Board of Trustees has named Joseph (“Joe”) Harrington, Ed.D. as the lone finalist for superintendent of Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District.

Dr. Harrington’s career in education spans 35 years. He currently serves as HEB ISD’s Deputy Superintendent for Educational Operations and previously served as the school district’s Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Administration. Prior to joining HEB ISD in 2013, Dr. Harrington taught science and high school biology and coached student athletes for 16 years in three states before taking on assistant principal and principal roles in Northwest ISD and Grapevine-Colleyville ISD.

School board president Matt Romero said Joe Harrington is a great fit to lead HEB ISD. “Joe understands that empowering every student to excel while maintaining our responsibilities to the local community requires strategic planning and clear communication.”

Dr. Harrington is excited to lead the school district forward. “Every student, teacher, and supporting employee has a unique story and pathway to success. HEB ISD is a special place because this community believes we all have a responsibility to enable students to thrive – we truly are better together.”

Dr. Harrington completed his doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 2011. He holds a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of North Texas; a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Buffalo State College; and Superintendent, Principal, and Secondary Science Teacher certifications from the Texas Education Agency. Dr. Harrington is a member of the Mid-Cities Pacesetters Rotary Club. Dr. Harrington and Jenny, his wife of 33 years, live in Euless and attend Ash Lane Methodist Church.

HEB ISD’s current superintendent, Steve Chapman, announced his retirement in December after a successful 38 year career serving Texas public schools. The HEB ISD school board plans to officially name Dr. Harrington as superintendent at the March 28, 2022 meeting, following the State of Texas’s required 21-day waiting period.

Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District is an A-rated school district recognized for achievements in student performance, financial efficiency, and board leadership.