Kilgore ISD will welcome new Superintendent Andy Baker with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Kilgore Old Post Office, 500 N. Kilgore St.

Trustees hired Baker, who holds a doctorate, by a unanimous vote Dec. 21 and signed him to a 2 1/2-year contract that lasts through the 2021-22 school year.

Previously, Baker was superintendent at Edgewood ISD in Van Zandt County. He replaces Cara Cooke, who left the district in July for an interim superintendent post at Aransas Pass ISD.

Baker will assume his duties Tuesday.