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In their first major meeting since last week’s widely condemned display of rancor, Houston ISD trustees are expected Thursday to formally reverse their decision to replace Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan and take steps to begin restoring their public reputation.  Board members are scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. for a special meeting with five significant items on the agenda: nixing last week’s vote to swapLathan for former HISD superintendent Abelardo Saavedra; setting an end date for finding a permanent leader; hiring an executive coach for trustees and Lathan; adopting a resolution of “reconciliation”; and requesting a new governance monitor from the Texas Education Agency. view article arw

Pleasant Grove Independent School District's Board of Trustees voted to hire a superintendent search firm during a special meeting Monday.  They approved hiring Arrow Educational Services, Inc., which is owned by Dr. Russell Marshall and Jim Dunlap. It is the same firm the district used three years ago to hire Superintendent Jason Smith, who was named as lone finalist last week for president at Texarkana College. Smith has served as the district's superintendent for three years and during his tenure, voters passed a $19.9 million bond issue for a new elementary school, increased security on all campuses and technology infrastructure. view article arw

Houston ISD trustees voted unanimously Thursday to rescind their decision to replace Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan, a widely expected outcome after the move last week drew widespread criticism. view article arw

Bonham ISD is proud to announce Kelly Trompler as our new Interim Superintendent beginning December 20, 2018. As Trompler takes on her new role she aims to continue her goals of improving student achievement and ensuring that Bonham ISD places a ‘Life-Changer’ in every classroom. Trompler is a Bonham, Texas native graduating from Bonham High School in 1990. She received her Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies from East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas. She continued her education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University by receiving her Master’s in Educational Administration. view article arw

Bain will become an educational consultant for Claycomb Architech, which builds school and educational buildings. His last day as superintendent will be Dec. 31. view article arw

Silsbee superintendent to resign

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Silsbee ISD superintendent Richard Bain will resign in December after a decade. He said Tuesday that he will continue to have a soft spot for the Silsbee Tigers.  "I will continue to bleed maroon," said Bain, who recently accepted a consulting position with Claycomb Associates, Architects. He informed his staff last week. His last day with the district will be Dec. 21. view article arw

Several high-ranking administrators have left the DeSoto school district in recent months as officials investigate whether some funneled money to themselves and favorite employees as well as other potential wrongdoings. DeSoto ISD Superintendent D'Andre Weaver on Tuesday sent a letter to his staff acknowledging that the district is working with the Texas Attorney General's office and the Texas Education Agency to investigate "unethical practices."  Weaver and school board president Carl Sherman have not said exactly what those unethical practices may be. However, they did say the district is looking into how district money was used. view article arw

The search for the next Kingsville Independent School District superintendent is beginning to narrow after board members convened for a special meeting Tuesday to select six applicants from a pool of nearly 50 to interview later this month.  “I think we’ve had very productive meetings,” KISD board president Brian Coufal said of the search process.  In late July, the board accepted the resignation of KISD’s previous superintendent, Carol Perez, who served in the role for four years before accepting the superintendent position at Mission Consolidated ISD. view article arw

Former Slidell ISD trustee Irene Wilson recalls the candidates that interviewed for the open superintendent job in 2004. Among the finalists was a first-time superintendent candidate, Greg Enis, that she knew from working in the same district with a few years before in Chico. view article arw

Bonham Independent School District has named Kelly Trompler interim superintendent beginning Dec. 20. She will fill the shoes of Superintendent Marvin Beaty who is retiring at the end of the semester. “As Trompler takes on her new role she aims to continue her goals of improving student achievement and ensuring that Bonham ISD places a ‘Life-Changer’ in every classroom,” the district said in a news release. Trompler is a Bonham native and Bonham High School graduate. She received her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from East Texas State University in Commerce and continued her education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University by receiving her master’s degree in educational administration. view article arw

The Clear Creek ISD board of trustees in early October amended Superintendent Greg Smith’s contract, which included giving him a 2 percent pay increase. According to documents obtained from an open records request filed by Community Impact Newspaper, Smith now has a base salary of $286,267.08, effective July 1, 2018. That is $5,613.08 higher than his previous salary of $280,654. view article arw

The Houston Independent School District announced Monday that Dr. Grenita Lathan will remain the interim superintendent of the district.  During a news conference, board members apologized for their behavior caught on camera during an explosive meeting Thursday in which they removed Dr. Lathan. They announced Abe Saavedra as her replacement. view article arw

With pledges of transparency, with acknowledgement they have let down the community, and with vows to do better, the nine members of the Houston ISD school board lined up Monday night to announce that they are reinstating Dr. Grenita Lathan as interim superintendent.  "As we move forward we cannot change the past but must learn from it," said trustee Jolanda Jones. "We will work to improve our behavior as adults and treat each other with respect and embark on the right focus of doing all that we can do on improving academic achievement for all our students." view article arw

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says his tolerance for drama on the HISD school board has run out. He met with Texas’s top educator this weekend as the board backtracked on its decision to switch interim superintendents. “The board has agreed to go in a different direction,” said HISD board president Rhonda Skillern-Jones Sunday night. view article arw

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

Goodrich ISD Board of Trustees has chosen Dr. Bryan Taulton, Principal of Hardin ISD, as Lone Finalist of Goodrich ISD Superintendent of Schools. Details and updates will continue to appear on our search page as things progress. read more arw

Palacios 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

Houston ISD trustees on Monday offered a public apology to students, parents and teachers for their behavior the past 10 months, particularly the chaotic meeting last week when a faction of the board surprised their colleagues and the audience by replacing the interim superintendent.Trustees said they hoped the apology and pledge to work better with each other is the first step toward quelling infighting on the board, restoring the public’s trust and showing the Texas Education Agency that HISD is capable of governing itself.“Our actions have not modeled the behavior we desire to instill in our children that we serve,” said Trustee Diana Dávila at a lectern surrounded by her eight colleagues. “We sincerely apologize to all of you.” view article arw

Demands to reinstate now former interim Houston Independent School District superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan are mounting. On Saturday, elected officials on federal, state, and local levels called the HISD board’s decision unacceptable. They gathered in unity to call for her job back. “Dr. Lathan is a proven leader," said Rhonda Skillern-Jones, president of the HISD school board. In four years she has taken our district from 54 improvement required schools to be taken over to four schools taken over.” view article arw

Later today, on the very day that former Superintendent Abe Saavedra was to take over the reins once again of the Houston ISD, trustees are expected to take back their decision on demoting Grenita Lathan as interim superintendent and replacing her with Saavedra. A 5 p.m. press conference has been... view article arw

By the time it was all over, an emotionally raw Houston ISD board meeting led to the third superintendent in less than a year for the state's largest school district. The sudden change surprised many in attendance at Thursday night's school board meeting. Interim superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan was replaced with former superintendent Dr. Abelardo Saavedra in what some are calling a coup by a faction of the board.   view article arw

San Marcos Unified went down south to find its new superintendent. The district recently announced that Carmen Garcia, the lead principal at San Diego High School, was the lone finalist in the district’s search for a permanent replacement for Melissa Hunt, who retired Aug. 30. view article arw

Saavedra out

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Trustees are expected to announce Monday that interim superintendent Grenita Lathan will remain at the helm of the Houston Independent School District, an attempt to diffuse fallout from a contentious 5-4 vote last Thursday that was preceded by shouting matches and accusations of racism from board members.After a six-hour discussion during a weekend retreat Sunday, trustees and Abelardo Saavedra – who led HISD from 2004 to 2009 and was to return Monday as the district’s new interim leader – mutually agreed that he would withdraw, Saavedra said. view article arw

It was ugly to watch and listen to. It was the Houston ISD trustees meeting at their all time dysfunctional worst, with some trustees exploding with heated accusations of duplicity and racism at others. And it was an official acknowledgement by African-American trustees that there is a racial divide between the black and Hispanic members of the HISD school board. view article arw

Houston Independent School district voted Thursday evening to select Abelardo Saavedra to lead their district as interim superintendent. If you're not familiar with Saavedra, he received a bachelor of science and a master of science from Texas A&M University, and a doctorate in school administration from the University of Michigan. view article arw

Trustees are expected to announce Monday that interim superintendent Grenita Lathan will remain at the helm of the Houston Independent School District, an attempt to defuse fallout from a contentious 5-4 vote last Thursday that was mark by shouting matches and accusations of racism from board members.  After a six-hour discussion during a weekend retreat Sunday, trustees and Abelardo Saavedra – who led HISD from 2004 to 2009 and was to return Monday as the district's new interim leader – mutually agreed that he would withdraw, Saavedra said. view article arw

Carthage ISD's next superintendent should be someone who works to keep teacher morale high, who can overcome the district's financial challenges, who supports students' academic and extracurricular activities and who is open and accessible to the wider community. That's the message Arrow Educational Services consultants got Tuesday night at the Carthage ISD administration building during a community forum, as the district starts the search for someone to replace retiring Superintendent Glenn Hambrick. Hambrick is stepping down from his post at the end of January, and district officials are hoping to find his successor before that point. view article arw

HOUSTON - The HISD school board voted 5-4 Thursday night to fire interim superintendent Grenita Lathan and replace her with former superintendent Abe Saavedra.  The vote came as a surprise Thursday night.  Lathan was appointed the interim superintendent in April after the departure of Richard Carranza to New York.  Lathan was formerly the Chief Academic Officer of HISD's school board. She will return to that position and can apply for the superintendent position again in the future. view article arw

 San Saba ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire Region 15 Education Service Center to conduct a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress. read more arw

Holland 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

The Flatonia ISD Board of Trustees has chosen Andy Reddock, superintendent of Pewitt CISD, as Lone Finalist of Flatonia ISD Superintendent of Schools. Details and updates will continue to appear on our search page as things progress. read more arw

Today Austin ISD superintendent Paul Cruz gave his "State of the District" address during a luncheon downtown. Some of the topics Cruz touched upon in his speech include a fundraiser for non-profit supporting district programs, as well as how the graduation rate is up, from 78 percent in 2010, to more than 90 percent last year. Cruz also discussed how there is an achievement gap, where white students are outperforming Hispanic and African American students, but the gap is closing.  view article arw

In a raucous school board meeting filled with shouting and accusations lobbed by trustees against each other, the Houston Independent School District’s board of trustees late Thursday replaced interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan with former HISD Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra.The vote, which followed a motion that several board members said came as a surprise to them, returns Lathan to her previous role as chief academic officer. view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A shake-up is underway at HISD, after the board announced it is replacing interim superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan with former superintendent Dr. Abelardo Saavedra.  The announcement was made at a fiery school board meeting Thursday night. After a motion, the board voted 5-4 to bring back Saavedra, who served as superintendent from Aug. 2004 - Aug. 2009.   view article arw

Texarkana College's Board of Trustees named Dr. Jason Smith as the lone finalist for college president during a special meeting Wednesday.Following a state-mandated 21-day waiting period, the board will take a formal vote to hire Smith as ninth president of the college on Nov. 5. view article arw