BANGS — Bangs school board members unanimously selected Rising Star school Superintendent William “Bill” Foster Monday night as the lone finalist for the Bangs school chief’s job.

According to state law, the board must wait 21 days before formally offering Foster the job as the Bangs school superintendent.

That is expected to happen Dec. 10, and Foster will begin work in Bangs after the Christmas break if he takes the job, Bangs officials said.

Foster, a graduate of Olney High School, has been superintendent in Rising Star for 2 1/2 years, Bangs Interim Superintendent Billy Jack Rankin said. Previously, he was an elementary school principal in Goldthwaite for 10 years, Rankin said.

Foster earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University at Commerce. He and his wife, Linda, have a son and a daughter who are students at Tarleton State University, Rankin said.

Foster was one of 34 applicants for the Bangs job, and one of five finalists interviewed, Rankin said.

Bangs board Vice President Gary Hamrick said he was impressed with Foster’s “straight and to-the-point answers” when board members interviewed him. “He was real quick with his answers” and had a common-sense approach, Hamrick said.

Hamrick also said he was impressed that Foster seemed to be “a real strong community man.”

The Bangs district has been without a permanent superintendent since James Hartman resigned from the position in March. Board members named Rankin as interim superintendent after Hartman’s resignation.