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Edwards Named Interim Superintendent


Contact: Kristi Lee, Ed.D.

Executive Director of Communications




December 21, 2017


Edwards Named Interim Superintendent for Bastrop ISD

(Bastrop) – In a unanimous vote at a special called meeting, the Bastrop ISD Board of Trustees named Barry Edwards as Interim Superintendent effective January 1, 2018. Edwards is currently the Deputy  Superintendent, a position he has held since 2013. He replaces Steve Murray, who will retire at the end of December.

“Barry is a proven leader and someone who is well respected in the district,” said Ashley Mutschink, President of the Board of Trustees. “We are fortunate to have someone of his caliber able to step in, and we have every confidence in how he will lead the district during this transition.”

Edwards’ career in education spans 28 years, with the last 10 years in Bastrop ISD. Prior to his current post as Deputy Superintendent, he served as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Student Services. Prior to coming to Bastrop, Edwards served as Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services for Socorro ISD and as Employee Relations Director for Ysleta ISD. Both districts have student enrollment over 40,000. Edwards also has experience as a school principal at the elementary and secondary levels, as well as classroom teacher.

“I appreciate the Board’s confidence in my ability and desire to lead Bastrop ISD,” said Edwards. “I have a great deal of faith in our teachers and staff on the campuses, as well as in the people I am surrounded by at the district office. By working together, I believe we can do great things for our kids.”

Edwards holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in school leadership from the University of Texas at El Paso. He earned a Superintendent Certification from the University of Texas at Tyler. Barry’s wife of 28 years Merridith, is an elementary school teacher for Austin ISD. They have two daughters. Madeline is a proud recent graduate of Texas A&M University, and Victoria is a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin.

Bastrop ISD is located 30 miles southeast of Austin and serves nearly 11,000 students from the communities of Bastrop, Cedar Creek, Red Rock, Rockne, Paige and other rural areas of Bastrop County.