Alice ISD is the middle of advertising for the position of athletic director on the school district’s website, and already a handful of candidates have applied.

The job posting states that candidates can apply until March, but superintendent Dr. Grace Everett said she may start interviewing candidates next Monday with satisfies the state mandate of posting the opening for at least 10 days.

Everett said she will handle the application screening process and interviews, unlike the last search of a coach a year ago in which a committee of community members, teachers, administrators and coaches screened applicants and picked and interviewed finalists. Everett’s handling of the search this time around is mean to streamline and expedite the process.

“This time around I’m going to take a bigger part in the selection, and I’m going to keep the board informed,” Everett said. “It’s going to be different from our last year, because we’re very short of time and we have to be very quick, because we’re very concerned about the kids. I mean, they’re already preparing for football.”

According to the school district’s job posting, a Master’s degree is preferred. However, the requirements do ask for a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a valid Texas teaching certificate with physical education endorsement.

Under Special Knowledge/Skills, the posting asks for knowledge of overall operations of an athletic program, knowledge of state and UIL policies governing athletics, ability to implement policy and procedures, ability to manage budget and personnel and coordinate district functions and strong communication, public relations and interpersonal skills.

The posting also asks for “five years successful teaching and coaching experience.”

The school board decided Thursday to open up a search for the district’s new athletic director and head coach.

Everett said the district currently has coaches who could serve as head coach and athletic director, but opening up a search could yield more candidates.

“I think opening up a search is a good move,” Everett said. “That’s not to say that we don’t have some people within our school that would make very good athletic directors, but we still want to open it up and see who bites.”

With football programs already focused on next season, Alice is behind without a head coach. Everett said she is mindful of that and hopes to expedite the hiring process.

“Although it’s very late for a search, I still want what’s best for our kids,” Everett said. “It’s kind of late in the year to pick up a head coach and an an athletic director. It makes it very difficult for the kids.”

Everett said she expects to have Alice’s new coach by the end of March. She plans on naming an interim athletic director in the coming days.

The new coach will replace Justen Evans who left Alice after a year to be the head coach and athletic coordinator at Corpus Christi Miller High School. Evans announced he was leaving last Friday morning.

In his one season here, the Coyotes were 7-3. It was the team’s best finish since 2013, however because of the zone format in the 11-team district, Alice missed the playoffs.