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Temple ISD welcomed its new superintendent, Dr. Bobby Ott, with the loud claps of party poppers and confetti- along with a unanimous vote of support Thursday evening. "Overwhelmed, humbled, and honored- this is a school district that's definitely going places," says Ott on how he felt about the show of support. Dr. Ott has served as an assistant superintendent in Temple for the past six years. view article arw

Deputy Superintendent Kimberly Brents will lead Lockhart Independent School District as its interim superintendent following a 5-2 vote by the Lockhart ISD Board of Trustees Monday night in a special meeting. As interim leader, Brents will take over for Superintendent Susan Bohn when she makes the move to Aledo Independent School District, which chose her as finalist for its soon-to-be-vacant superintendent position.  view article arw

Lockhart 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

Lufkin Superintendent LaTonya Goffney has been named the finalist to become superintendent of the Aldine school district in Houston.  “I will always have a place in my heart for Lufkin,” Goffney said in a statement. “The friends I’ve made will be for a lifetime. Lufkin is a special place, and it is with God’s guidance that I take on this next opportunity.”  Aldine ISD trustees made Goffney their pick to lead the district during their meeting Tuesday night. State law requires a 21-day waiting period before she can officially take the position. view article arw

The Tulia ISD Board of Trustees has chosen Tim Glover, Superintendent of Luling ISD, as the Lone Finalist for Tulia ISD Superintendent of Schools. read more arw

After Tuesday night's news, many are wondering what the next steps will be for the Lufkin Independent School District. Aldine ISD announced Dr. LaTonya Goffney as their lone finalist for the superintendent of schools. Goffney has been superintendent of Lufkin ISD for the past five years, but now, the district will have to make arrangements to move forward. view article arw

Aldine ISD trustees have named LaTonya Goffney, currently the superintendent of Lufkin ISD, as the lone finalist to run the Houston area's fifth-largest school district.  Board members voted 5-2 on Tuesday to name Goffney, the reigning Texas Association of School Boards superintendent of the year, as the district's lone finalist after a five-month search. Goffney has led the 8,000-student Lufkin ISD for five years and previously served as superintendent of the 1,500-student Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated ISD east of Huntsville for five years. view article arw

Longtime Bandera Independent School District Superintendent Regina Howell has informed the school board she is contemplating retiring this fall. School district trustees learned about Howell’s plans during the closed portion of their monthly meeting on Monday, April 9. The closed executive session legally allows trustees to discuss items like personnel and contracts without the public present. Contents of the discussion can remain private if trustees do not take any action on the item at that meeting. view article arw

PLAINVIEW, TX (KCBD) - Dr. H.T. Sanchez is coming to Plainview ISD following an early departure from the largest school district in Southern Arizona. In fact, Tucson Unified School District paid Dr. Sanchez $200,000 to leave before his contract expired in June 2018.  Doyle Woodall is the Vice President of the Ector County Independent School District's Board of Trustees.  Woodall said he has nine years of experience as a board member and the few months Dr. Sanchez served as interim superintendent in 2013 were more than enough.  "The teacher morale was through the floor," Woodall said.  Woodall said he and another board member were happy to hear Dr. Sanchez was considering another job opportunity. view article arw

The Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees will call a special session regarding the hunt for a new superintendent, board president Scott Skelton said. Superintendent LaTonya Goffney was named the lone finalist in Aldine ISD’s search for a new superintendent during a meeting by its board of trustees on Tuesday. Skelton said the fact that Goffney was hired by one of the 10 largest school districts in Texas speaks of the success of the Lufkin district as a whole.  He said Goffney will stay through the end of the school year, at least until June, and per state law, Aldine ISD cannot offer Goffney a contract until after a 21-day waiting period. view article arw

It’s official. The Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees has named Dr. Curtis Null as the next district superintendent to take the helm of one of the fastest-growing districts in the state.   Without going into executive session, board members voted to approve Null as the superintendent on Tuesday night.  Null was unanimously chosen as the lone finalist during the March 20 Board of Trustees meeting where he addressed the dozens who attended the meeting by first thanking current superintendent, Dr. Don Stockton. view article arw

The Conroe ISD board of trustees approved a contract with Curtis Null to serve as superintendent of schools, and considered several other agenda items during its April 17 meeting. view article arw

The Katy Independent School District’s embattled superintendent said he would like to have a one-on-one meeting with the man who accused him of being his tormentor decades ago while both were junior high students. “I just hope at some point we can sit down — and not in a big, public forum,” Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt said Monday. About 150 people gathered outside Katy ISD headquarters prior to a board of trustees workshop Monday afternoon in a show of support for Hindt, who has denied attacking — or even remembering — his former classmate, Greg Gay, in a boy’s bathroom at West Memorial Junior High School more than 35 years ago. Hindt has stated that when he was “young and dumb (he) did dumb things.” view article arw

On Monday, teachers and community members stepped up for the Katy Independent School District’s superintendent after he was accused of bullying more than 40 years ago. “We thought, 'Now is the time for us to rally around our superintendent and (show him) how much we support him, how much we appreciate him and how much we love him,” said Debbi Ellis, a fifth-grade teacher who organized the prayer circle. view article arw

KATY, Texas (KTRK) -- "We pay your salary Mr. Hindt, and an extremely healthy salary that you no longer deserve. Thanks to you, our A+ reputation has forever been tarnished."  That's what one Katy ISD mother had to say at Monday night's meeting addressing the bullying allegations against Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt from his teenage years.  "There appears to be an overall allegiance to protect the reputation of Katy ISD over the welfare of the students," another opponent said. view article arw

Victoria ISD Board of Trustees will hold three special meetings to interview and discuss the superintendent position.  In December 2017, Superintendent Robert Jaklich, Ed.D. announced he will retire as the leader of Victoria Public Schools, effective August 31, 2018, in order to spend more time with his family. At his retirement, Dr. Jaklich will have served the Victoria Independent School District for six years and public education for 37 years. view article arw

This week the Bryan Independent School District released hundreds of documents related to its former superintendent, Dr. Tommy Wallis. Tucked away in those records are a snapshot of what teachers and parents think about the school district. KBTX has poured over dozens of exit surveys to get a better idea of what our educators are dealing with on a daily basis and some their biggest challenges. view article arw

Four days before the Bryan school board asked former superintendent Tommy Wallis to resign in September 2016, four senior district officials sent trustees a memorandum requesting "relief from the hostile work conditions" created by Wallis.  The memorandum, which is among hundreds of pages of documents released by the school district to The Eagle and other media outlets Thursday night, was sent Sept. 15, 2016, by district leaders who urged the trustees to take immediate action and place Wallis on suspension with pay due to what they described as his repeated failure to meet the district's standards of professional conduct. view article arw

Following a 15-minute closed session that included both the current Plainview ISD school board trustees as well as candidates in the May 5 election, trustees on Wednesday voted unanimously to name Dr. H.T. Sanchez as their lone finalist to become the next superintendent of schools. “Our search firm considered a long list of candidates,” explained Board Vice President Brandon Brownlee, “and they were able to bring us someone who is highly qualified that will stay here for a long, long time.” Sanchez, 43, holds a doctorate of education from Texas A&M University at Commerce, a master’s from Sul Ross University in Alpine and a bachelor’s degree in English from Angelo State University.  view article arw

A clean separation

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Former Houston ISD superintendent Richard Carranza’s resignation from the district involved no financial settlements, and the two sides agreed not to sue each other following the separation, according to documents obtained by the Houston Chronicle. A written agreement between Carranza and HISD board members shows a clean break after Carranza announced in early March that he planned to become chancellor of New York City public schools.  view article arw

After a legal battle that lasted more than a year, Kirbyville superintendent Tommy Wallis' former district has released hundreds of pages of documents related to his tenure, including a memorandum compiled by administrators alleging violations and breach of contract.  Wallis was hired by Kirbyville CISD in 2017, six months after he was forced to resign from Bryan ISD, near College Station. view article arw

Susan Phillips has been named the 2018 Superintendent of Matagorda Independent School District, replacing past Superintendent Laura Shay. “My contract was voted on and approved during the March meeting and runs from March 22, 2018, through June 30, 2021,” said Phillips.  Phillips stepped up as Interim Superintendent while she completed her Superintendent Certification this past December from University of Houston in Victoria.  view article arw

PLAINVIEW, TX (KCBD) - The Plainview ISD Board of Trustees has picked the man they want leading the district after current Superintendent Rocky Kirk retires later this year.  On Wednesday, the board selected Dr. H. T. Sanchez as the lone finalist for the upcoming vacancy.  Sanchez is the former superintendent for the Tucson Unified School District, serving there from 2013 until last February.  He also served as Deputy Superintendent and Interim Superintendent for Ector County ISD in Odessa from 2010 until leaving for Arizona. view article arw

Donna ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire JG Consulting to conduct a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress. read more arw

Dalhart ISD Board of Trustees is searching for an exceptionally qualified superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress. read more arw

Cade Smith is the lone finalist in Brock Independent School District’s search for a new superintendent.  The board of trustees voted unanimously to declare Smith the lone finalist during Monday’s meeting, Board President Martin Ivey told the Weatherford Democrat in a phone interview.  While there is a 21-day waiting period required by state law before the board can offer him a contract, Smith has “given intent that he will accept the position,” Ivey said. view article arw

Texas Association of Rural Schools (TARS) President, Robert Dillard of Littlefield ISD, would like to announce the hiring of Mr. Michael Lee as Executive Director for the organization.  Mr. Lee will be assisted by Leigh Ann Glaze, retired superintendent from San Saba ISD. After 27 years of service to public education, Lee retired as superintendent from Booker ISD in September, 2012. Since retirement, he has remained active in education by serving on the Board of Directors for Region 16, serving on the Board of Trustees for Booker ISD, teaching pre-calculus at Spearman High School and is currently finishing a 14-month term as interim superintendent for Higgins ISD.   view article arw

Speaking on behalf of the Lockhart ISD Board of Trustees, President Brenda Spillman on Tuesday kept comments pertaining to the looming departure of Dr. Susan Bohn positive. Bohn, who became Lockhart’s superintendent in 2015, last week was named the lone finalist for the Aledo ISD superintendent vacancy created this year when Dr. Derek Citty announced he would retire following the school year. view article arw

Canutillo Independent School District trustees last week unanimously approved a two-year contract extension for Superintendent Pedro Galaviz, a reversal from an October vote in which board members declined to renew his contract. Trustee Armando Rodriguez said public input influenced the board to revisit Galaviz's contract. "The community pretty much got united and active," Rodriguez said. "They went to board meetings consistently, asking us why did we not like him. As taxpayers, they have every right to know why those decisions were made." view article arw

Records obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders on Wednesday show that Edgewood Independent School District avoided an expensive buyout last month when it parted ways with Superintendent Emilio Castro. Castro, whose resignation became official March 31, received 15.5 days of accrued leave, according to a copy of a voluntary separation agreement released by the district. view article arw

Former Houston ISD superintendent Richard Carranza's resignation from the district involved no financial settlements, and the two sides agreed not to sue each other following the separation, according to documents obtained by the Houston Chronicle. A written agreement between Carranza and HISD board members shows a clean break after Carranza announced in early March that he planned to become chancellor of New York City public schools. Carranza officially resigned on March 31 and started his job in New York City on April 2. HISD board members have appointed Grenita Lathan, who previously served as the district's chief academic officer, to serve indefinitely as interim superintendent. view article arw

Yes, there's a religion angle in the case of a Houston-area school superintendent accused of bullying a classmate as a teen. More on that in a moment.  But first, the crucial background: The top story in Sunday's Houston Chronicle concerned the furor surrounding the leader of the 77,000-student Katy Independent School District, west of Houston: view article arw

The newly formed Tomball ISD’s State of the District address, sponsored by Tomball Education Foundation, took place April 5 with TISD Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora as the keynote speaker. Salazar-Zamora began superintendent duties April 1, 2017, upon the retirement of former Superintendent Huey Kinchen. “I think it could be more than fair to refer to this past year as eventful,” Salazar-Zamora said. Here are six highlights of Salazar-Zamora’s first year as superintendent, according to her inaugural State of the District address. view article arw

Bay City school board trustees announced a very positive first evaluation for Superintendent Stephen Bigelow Monday. School board President Mark Zanotti says the district’s leader received an overall effective evaluation including 91 % for business and finance. view article arw

Robstown Independent School District Superintendent Maria Vidaurri said she couldn't pass up the opportunity to apply for a position to lead Sharyland Independent School District near McAllen, where she lived for 15 years.  "It's actually like a promotion for me to have an opportunity to lead a bigger district," Vidaurri said. "My two boys graduated from Sharyland."  view article arw