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TexasISD.com was the brainchild of Joe F. Smith. Joe retired early from a successful career as Superintendent of Schools for Hudson ISD, deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas. Due to a long battle with Post-Polio Syndrome the doctor made him hang it up and rest for six months.
Never being the kind of person to sit still and also not being the person to listen to his doctor, Joe logged lengthy sessions in front of his PC researching school issues, reading papers and corresponding with his friends and colleagues in the education business.
While Joe was on forced sabbatical, his son Joshua was still in High School. Joshua and his group of friends were tinkering with the new found possibilities of the internet. Joe began collecting interesting articles and links to share with his friends. Josh and his friend Jason Cook showed Joe how to compose a web page and post it on the web. Joe was off and rolling. This was the beginning of TexasISD.com.
Joshua and Jason tried their hand at a little web development and were moderately successful. One day Joe approached them with an idea to take his little personal web site to the next level. They kicked around domain names for a couple weeks and finally decided on "TexasISD.com." Of all the names this one expressed in a nutshell what they wanted of their creation, the lone source of news gathered and written along with editorial comments geared toward the education professional. They wanted to be a one stop news source that any administrator and educator could go to and find all the latest news to keep them on the cutting edge of information as they operate their school and that is what "TexasISD.com" encompasses.
Joe worked to refine the site and got help as needed from Josh and Jason. After working the site for a few years using a simple web editor the site started to become cumbersome to develop and slow for the user due to the hosting situation
Joshua graduated from Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas with a BA in Business Administration in the Spring of 2001 and came back to Lufkin to help grow the business.
Jason graduated from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and started working as Tech Dir for Montrose Co. School Dist in Montrose, Colorado while simultaneously starting OneTrack Communications. In January of 2003 TexasISD.com migrated from a host in Florida to a dedicated server at OneTrack in Colorado. At the same time they totally changed the backbone from simple HTML that had to FTP to the server for every update to the totally database driven system in use today. The database driven system allows the staff to operate the website from any location as long as there is web access. During Legislative sessions much of Joe's part of the web site is composed in the company RV (mobile office) stationed in Austin and for a good part of the summer Joe operates from Lake City, Colorado.
TexasISD.com falls under the corporate umbrella of Administrative Consulting LLC. Administrative Consulting LLC. provides administrative consulting services to school districts including but not limited to...
School Board Training
Property Value Study
New Superintendent/Business Mgr. Training
Cooperative work with professional organizations
Endorsed solutions for school districts