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Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD names Dr. Wendy Eldredge lone finalist for superintendent position

  Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD names Dr. Wendy Eldredge lone finalist for superintendent position

In a specially called school board meeting Tuesday evening, the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name Dr. Wendy Eldredge as the lone finalist for superintendent of CFBISD. 

Eldredge currently serves as superintendent of Crandall ISD and has more than 30 years of experience in education. State law requires a 21-day waiting period following the naming of a lone finalist before officially hiring a superintendent. 

“Dr. Eldredge brings tremendous experience, dedication and heart to this role,” said Dr. Les Black, president of the CFB school board. “Our community and staff told us they wanted an educational leader who could build a trusting culture, embrace diversity, attract and retain teachers, and most importantly produce results for students. We are elated that we have found that educational leader in Dr. Wendy Eldredge. We cannot wait to welcome her into our learning community.” 

The CFBISD Board of Trustees began its search for a new superintendent in December 2022. The district received applications from across the country and selected Eldredge after interviewing multiple qualified candidates. 

Eldredge was named Crandall ISD superintendent in 2019. She previously served in Garland ISD as Asst. Superintendent of Safety & Operations, and as Area Director of the South Garland K-12 feeder pattern which encompassed 10 campuses and 8,200 students. She was also a principal at two GISD schools and one academy campus, and served in various capacities researching and developing curriculum. Her career began in Dallas ISD as a teacher and curriculum specialist. 

Eldredge received her Doctorate of Curriculum & Instruction and Superintendent’s Certificate from Texas A&M-Commerce. Her Masters in Educational Administration and Bachelor of Science in Education were earned from Kansas State University. 

While in CISD, her accomplishments include the passage of a $365-million bond election in May 2022, including a successful secondary proposition for a new Fine Arts Center. Eldredge has completed several programs at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, including “The Art of Leadership, School Turnaround, and Leadership: An Evolving Vision.” She is also Regional Director for Raise Your Hand Texas, a non-profit organization supporting programmatic initiatives structured to identify, pilot, and scale systemic improvements in public education. 

She is an elected member of the Texas UIL Legislative Council and was the first-ever president of the Dallas-area Region 10 Chapter of the Texas Council of Women School Executives. She is also a past member of Southern Methodist University’s District Leadership Fellows—a strengths-based leadership development program run by the Institute for Leadership Impact at SMU. 

Crandall ISD board members will begin the search for Eldredge’s replacement.