After months of controversy,it appears Grand Prairie ISD superintendent Dr. Susan Hull may be moving out of the district. A memo from GPISD school board president Burke Hall recommends deleting two items from Hull’s contract. view article arw

In a meeting Tuesday night Ector County ISD said goodbye to their current superintendent while welcoming in an interim. view article arw

Donna school district officials announced the hiring of its new Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez last month, who officially began his new leadership role as of July 9. After a month of learning the ins and outs of the district, The Monitor sat down with Azaiez to learn more about his background in education and plans for the future of Donna and its students. Azaiez holds a bachelor degree in physics and chemistry from La Faculte des Sciences de Tunis, in Tunisia, masters of education from the University of St. Thomas and a doctorate of education in educational leadership from Sam Houston State University. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Arabic and French. view article arw

People may not have always agreed with him, but Ector County Independent School District Superintendent Tom Crowe was described by people who have worked with him as someone with good people skills and one of the fairest people they know.  Crowe confirmed that he is retiring effective Dec. 22. He said he has been pondering the decision for about a month trying to decide on an appropriate time. He and his wife discussed it and went back and forth on a time frame, but Crowe said he wanted to give the district time to bring someone in to replace him. view article arw

Glen Rose ISD Superintendent Wayne Rotan is excited about the new the school year, which begins Aug 15. “We have been working hard this summer on new security policies and hiring new teachers. I am ready for the students to come back and get things started,” Rotan said. Even after 28 years in the education field Rotan looks forward to the first day of school. view article arw

There's a new superintendent for Mumford ISD. Pete Bienski stepped down after four decades in the role, and now Blayne Davis is taking over. He's been at the school district for the last four years. He started as athletic director and assistant principal and transitioned last year into an assistant superintendent role. view article arw

After being placed on "leave with pay" by the school board, Vermilion Parish superintendent Jerome Puyau speaks out about the situation.  view article arw

The Troup County School System accepted Superintendent Cole Pugh’s resignation Monday night. Pugh had served as the superintendent of the Troup County School System since 2011, when he moved from Fort Worth, Texas.  Board members Alfred McNair, Joe Franklin, Cathy Hunt, Allen Simpson, Kirk Hancock and Brandon Brooks voted unanimously to accept Pugh’s resignation in a special called meeting before Monday’s board work session. Board member Ted Alford was not at either of Monday’s meetings. view article arw

South Texas ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Russo, Kyle P.C. and Mr. Gary Patterson to conduct a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress. read more arw

Hardin-Jefferson ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire Region 5 ESC to conduct a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress. read more arw

QUESTION: (Oct. 29, 2015) When is Longview ISD Superintendent James Wilcox going to finally retire, and who will be his successor? Is the board still looking at possible candidates for the superintendent position? Will Horace Williams be our next superintendent? Does the LISD board of trustees get paid and how much? view article arw

Members of the Beaumont chapter of the NAACP called on Beaumont ISD to keep the name of its stadium at a protest Sunday, holding signs asking the district's board to "leave it alone." The $47.3 million athletic center, which opened in 2010, is named for controversial former superintendent Carrol A. "Butch" Thomas, who led the district from 1996 to 2012 and was its first black superintendent. view article arw

The Texas Association of School Boards Executive Search Services and JG Consulting made their cases for how they would find the next superintendent for Ector County Independent School District at a special board meeting Thursday.  No decision was made on what firm to choose. Superintendent Tom Crowe has announced he is retiring effective Dec. 22.  Robert Duron, associate executive director for governance services represented TASB and James Guerra, president and CEO of JG Consulting represented his own firm. view article arw

The Parkland tragedy has left a grieving community demanding answers and action — two things some say the Broward schools superintendent has been slow to provide. Robert Runcie, 57, is the public face of the country’s sixth largest school district, which he has led for seven years. He has enjoyed support from the Broward Teachers Union, key business leaders and other community groups, but now he’s facing a growing number of calls that he resign or be fired. view article arw

Kilgore ISD and its interim superintendent have agreed on a daily salary in lieu of the board hiring a permanent chief.Trustees appointed former Gladewater ISD Superintendent Mike Morrison as KISD’s interim superintendent after Cara Cooke resigned this past month to take a position at Aransas Pass ISD. Cooke had been with the district since March 2013. view article arw

School districts around the state get letter grades for the first time next week, but many superintendents are wary of the process. "This particular system is a convoluted mess," Malakoff Superintendent Randy Perry said. "It's still just based predominately on once-a-year standardized test scores." The new system was created by the Texas Legislature in 2015, replacing marks of “met standard” or “needs improvement” with the A-F report card. view article arw

Mt. Vernon ISD Press Release

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It’s official! Jason McCullough has been named as the Lone Finalist as Superintendent of Mount Vernon ISD. Currently, Dr. McCullough is serving as Deputy Executive Director of Region 8 Education Service Center. Previously, he served as superintendent of China Spring ISD and Hubbard ISD. Dr. McCullough is looking forward to working directly with students and staff members. view article arw

Donna ISD is experiencing a change in leadership in the role of superintendent. The district says they want to move forward from the negative publicity they have experienced over the past couple of years. The district says they now have the right man to lead them in the right direction From a school security guard arrested for allegedly slamming a student to the ground to board members accused of taking bribes. The Texas Education Agency stepping in recently to monitor the district.  view article arw

The Thompson Executive Leadership Institute in Texas has selected Bay City ISD Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott III as one of 25 superintendents for their academic scholarship to attend the Superintendent Academy. This elite Academy is a Senior Executive Leadership program for school superintendents from the South and Southwest United States.  view article arw

Liberty Hill ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire TASB Executive Search Services (ESS) to conduct a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress. read more arw

Hull-Daisetta ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire TASB Executive Search Services (ESS) to conduct a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our searches page as things progress. read more arw

Kingsville ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire TASB Executive Search Services (ESS) to conduct a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our searches page as things progress. read more arw

Retirement didn’t last long for Dean Edwards. The man who spent 30 years as the superintendent of Morgan Mill ISD, retiring in 2016, is headed back to school, this time as the interim superintendent of Bluff Dale ISD. “I don’t have a clue,” Edwards joked about why he is coming out of retirement. “Last year I started missing the kids so I began substitute teaching. I interviewed in front of the Bluff Dale school board just before July 4th and it’s been fun ever since.” view article arw

Goose Creek CISD trustees and Superintendent Randal O’Brien have taken steps toward reconciliation after Monday’s raucous meeting. Following an executive session, school board president Pete Pape announced the board was pulling agenda items accepting O’Brien’s resignation and approval of an interim superintendent.  “It is the desire of the board and the superintendent to work together for the best interest of the district,” Pape said. “We will complete the evaluation and act on the superintendent contract at the next meeting.”  The next meeting could be as early as Aug. 15. Both Pape and O’Brien said a conversation about a contract extension for the superintendent is on the table.   ““Everyone was in agreement we need to do what is best for the school district,” O’Brien said. “That includes me leading the district.”  Pape said O’Brien’s popularity and the fact he is well respected in the community stands out among his many attributes as his greatest strength.  O’Brien is entering the final year of his contract. His contract has been extended once, in 2016, since he assumed the position of interim superintendent, and ultimately superintendent on Aug. 7, 2014.  Ironically, the board met to discuss O’Brien’s future one day short of his four-year anniversary.   A standing-room only crowd erupted in cheers over Pape’s announcement regarding the evaluation and contract discussion. O’Brien proceeded to thank his supporters. At the beginning of the meeting, attendance was estimated at 300 with people lining the room, filling the lobby and watching on a television in a room set up for overflow in the administration building.- By Michael Pineda           michael.pineda@baytownsun.com  view article arw

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Ector County ISD is starting the process to find their next district leader.  “We want someone that cares,” said Delma Abalos, Position 2, Ector County ISD Board of Trustees.  Even before a new superintendent is named, this week board members will decide on the search firm to help them find the right person.  “We would like to get a firm that has a reach of superintendents, so they could bring a good choice to Ector County,” said Abalos. view article arw

The former superintendent of Allen ISD is suspected of plagiarizing parts of his doctoral thesis. Dr. Lance Hindt was the superintendent in Allen from 2013-2016 and left for Katy ISD, located outside Houston. Now a high school principal in Georgia says Hindt stole part of his academic paper. view article arw

In a 6-0 unanimous vote during a special meeting held Tuesday, the Kingsville Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the appointment of former district administrator Rudy Calderon as interim superintendent. “We’re fortunate to have found someone who is familiar with the district and has the qualifications that Mr. Calderon has,” Board President Brian Coufal said. “And I believe that he will do a good job of keeping us on course as we continue our search for a permanent superintendent.” view article arw

BAYTOWN, Texas - There's a battle brewing in a Houston-area school district over the future of its superintendent. The Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District School Board wants to make a change and oust current Superintendent Randy O'Brien, but he wants to remain in his role, and the parents are supporting him.  Hundreds of people gathered at a meeting Monday night to voice their support of O'Brien.  It has become a pretty contentious fight. view article arw

Pine Tree ISD Superintendent Steve Clugston said Friday that staff and teachers will “bring Pine Tree back.” At the State of the District Luncheon at the Pine Tree ISD Community Center, an audience of about 20 staff and community members heard Clugston lay out goals for the “last stop” in his career.  “When I came here, I came here with one goal, and I told the board this: My goal is to bring Pine Tree back. ... We’re not going to rest until that happens,” he said. “I’m not going anywhere else. This is my last stop.” view article arw

The Goose Creek CISD Board of Trustees is expected to vote Monday night on whether or not to renew Superintendent Randal O’Brien’s contract.  A draft of Monday night’s agenda included a vote on his contract and future with the district, indicating a possible change in leadership.  The actual agenda is expected to be posted on the district website around 5 p.m. today.  view article arw

Aledo ISD hired Dr. Susan Bohn as its new superintendent in June, and the Democrat sat down with her Friday afternoon to find out what her vision is for the school district. Bohn has a lot of experience in education and was drawn to Aledo because of its growth and high expectations, she said. “It was an opportunity to work in a place that has high expectations for children, staff and the community in general. It has the opportunity to, very clearly, be the best school district in the state of Texas and the nation,” Bohn said. view article arw

A former Donna ISD superintendent found another line of work — dealing with trade as director of the Donna Rio-Bravo International Bridge. City Manager Carlos Yerena interviewed and hired Jesus “Rene” Reyna to oversee the bridge after the apparent departure of former bridge director Marga Lopez in May. Yerena declined to speak in detail about Lopez’s exit and did not indicate whether she was fired from the position, which she held for about 17 months following a promotion from Donna Economic Development Corporation executive director by the city’s previous administration. view article arw

Time for a break. A very long one. Marla Guerra, who has served as superintendent of South Texas Independent School District for 17 years, is looking forward to quality time with family during her retirement. “My husband is already retired,” said Guerra, who announced her decision to leave the district last month. “We’ve got two children and six grandchildren, they’re still pretty young,” she said. “Quality time with them I think is so important.” view article arw

The embattled former superintendent of Allen schools who pledged to retire from that same post in Katy over bullying allegations now finds himself embroiled in a plagiarism controversy. Lance Hindt, who served as Allen's superintendent from 2013-16 before leaving for the Houston-area school district, is under investigation by the National Association of Scholars over claims that he plagiarized extensively in his 2012 doctoral thesis, titled The Effects of Principal Leadership on Teacher Morale and Student Achievement. view article arw

Members of the Elkhart ISD Board of Trustees are scheduled to hire Lamont Smith as the district's superintendent at an Aug. 20 meeting. The new superintendent will start the next day, Aug. 21. Smith will replace Ray DeSpain, who resigned in May due to “pressing family medical issues,” after serving as Elkhart’s superintendent for six years. Smith is currently deputy superintendent of Lancaster ISD near Dallas, where he has served in administrative positions since 2010. He also has administrative experience in East Texas schools. view article arw