The appointment becomes effective on Friday, June 9 after current Superintendent Dr. Adrian Vega leaves office that same day. When Vega resigned in April he said his new job is in the private sector and will take him out of the area.  In the meantime, the district will be using McShan Consulting Firm of Harlingen to find their next permanent leader. view article arw

Of the more than 200 Waco Independent School District students and staff recognized at the last school board meeting for the school year, board members took the time to recognize one employee’s six-year imprint on the district and the legacy she’ll leave behind. Superintendent Bonny Cain was recognized by community members and elected officials during her last meeting before retirement. Cain announced in November she would leave education after more than 40 years of service. Her last day will be June 3, graduation day. view article arw

85 (R) HR 2446

May 2508:29 AM

WHEREAS, Sylvia Hopp is retiring as superintendent of the San Elizario Independent School District in June 2017, drawing to a close an outstanding career in public education that has spanned more than four decades; and WHEREAS, After earning a bachelor's degree in education from The University of Texas at El Paso, Ms. Hopp began her career as a teacher for El Paso ISD at Clardy Elementary School. view article arw

Sedric Clark, Gladewater ISD's lone finalist for superintendent, is expected to be hired Friday at a special school board meeting. Clark comes from Mansfield High School in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. Before working there, he was principal at Foster Middle School in Longview ISD. view article arw

It's been about two months since J.P. Richardson took over as superintendent of Tatum ISD, and he said one of the biggest challenges he's faced is learning everyone's name. "There are individuals in this district I know I've probably asked them three times what their name was, and I introduce myself three times to them because they said, 'We've already met,' " Richardson said. "They took it really well. But I think that's the hardest thing, because you want to get to know everybody's name and face and what they do." view article arw

FRISCO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Frisco ISD trustees named Dr. Mike Waldrip the lone finalist for the district’s superintendent vacancy in a specially called meeting Monday afternoon.  Dr. Waldrip, current superintendent of Coppell ISD, is expected to assume the duties of FISD superintendent sometime after a state-mandated 21-day waiting period, according to an FISD news release.  Dr. Waldrip will succeed Dr. Jeremy Lyon, who is set to retire in June after more than four years as FISD superintendent and 31 years in public education.  The selection of Dr. Waldrip as lone finalist concludes a two-month search for Dr. Lyon’s replacement.  With the assistance of Jenny Preston Consulting, the Board garnered public input from community members as well as FISD staff to develop a wish list of qualities the district desired in a new superintendent, the release stated. view article arw

The Southeast Texas school district superintendent whose gun was found by a student after she left it in a school district van remains on administrative leave and the district will not comment on any possible disciplinary action. High Island ISD superintendent D'Ann Vonderau was placed on administrative following a May 19, 2017, board meeting on the incident. High Island acting superintendent Amanda Jackson released a statement to the media on the incident on Wednesday saying that the board is "extremely troubled" by the incident and is continuing to work to resolve the matter view article arw

Current Oakwood Superintendent Jack Thomason revealed the name of the finalist in the search for his replacement. Donnie Lee is currently the principal of Frankston High School and Thomason believes he will bring new eyes and a fresh perspective to Oakwood ISD. Lee’s name must be posted as a finalist for 21 days before a final vote.  view article arw

The Katy ISD board of trustees has unanimously approved three amendments to Superintendent Lance Hindt's contract that affect his compensation and other benefits.  Trustees have raved about Hindt's performance as superitendent since he began leading the roughly 75,000-student district last fall. While Hindt is already one of Texas' highest paid superintendents, he's set to earn more now.  "After working with him for more than a year, we realized there was some different things he should have in his contract," newly elected board president Ashley Vann said. "It's out of respect."  Hindt will now be given $1,000 per month for travel expenses, according to the contract amendments. Hindt has built a reputation as a visible superintendent who travels to various schools and other district facilities almost daily, and through that, has racked up thousands of extra miles driving around the 181-square-mile district, Vann said. view article arw

Frisco ISD board of trustees is expected to name a lone finalist for superintendent during a special meeting on Monday. The meeting is expected to begin at 3 p.m. with the board going into closed session soon after. The board is expected to make the announcement after closed session. Trustees spent this week interviewing candidates for the position of superintendent, which is currently held by Jeremy Lyon. Lyon, who has been with the district since 2013, announced his retirement in March after 31 years in public education. He will officially retire at the end of the school year. view article arw

A letter nominating Sabine ISD chief Stacey Bryce for Superintendent of the Year – approved by trustees Monday – resurrected the rift between board members that marked much of 2016. The school board gathered for a specially called meeting Monday afternoon, and the sole agenda item focused on nominating Bryce for the Texas Association of School Board’s Superintendent of the Year award. The bulk of board president Tony Raymond’s letter to Elizabeth Abernathy of the Region VII Education Service Center lauded Bryce’s 13-plus years leading SISD. view article arw

The League of Women Voters will hold its Annual Meeting at 11:30 a.m. June 3 at the Plaza Restaurant, 2101 S. Soncy Road, according to a news release. Interested visitors and prospective members are welcome. Attendees will order individually from the menu. Guest speaker will be Dr. Dana West, superintendent of the Amarillo Independent School District and the first woman to head the district. view article arw

School districts throughout the state are dealing with a crisis: There just aren't enough qualified superintendents to fill all of the open positions.  In Peabody, for instance, finding a qualified candidate has not been easy. This spring, three of the district's six finalists were snatched up by other districts, and the other three did not have enough experience.  "It's almost like free agency in baseball," says Peabody School Committee member Joe Amico. "You better give them a great offer when you do decide on what you want. And we didn't even get to that process. We only got through the initial interviews." view article arw

Friendswood Independent School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name Deputy Superintendent Thad Roher as the lone finalist to succeed Superintendent Trish Hanks in her position during a special meeting at 7:30 a.m. on May 15. Roher has 26 years of experience as an educator, 18 of which have been in service to FISD. He has climbed the administrative ranks at the district, serving as an assistant principal at Friendswood High School, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for both elementary and secondary schools, and finally as deputy superintendent. view article arw

New mayor, returning council member to be sworn in Jeff Cheney will be sworn in as the next mayor of Frisco during Tuesday’s Frisco City Council meeting. Tim Nelson will also be sworn in as the Place 5 council member. Cheney and Nelson won their respective races in the May 6 municipal election. The race for the Place 6 seat is heading to a runoff election with Brian Livingston and Bobby Roberti as the two candidates. The runoff election takes place June 10, and early voting takes place May 30-June 6. view article arw

The Hutto ISD Board of Trustees is accepting proposals for Superintendent Search Services. Please submit your proposal for services and pricing to Linda Reynaga by May 26, 2017. The Board appreciates your response to this matter. read more arw

The Hays CISD school board voted to accept the superintendent’s resignation at a special meeting held Friday evening, but his reasons for leaving the district or what plans he intends to pursue are still unclear. Michael McKie will serve out the semester and officially leave the district June 1. His last day, May 31, is when Live Oak Academy and both Lehman and Hays high schools will hold their graduation ceremonies. Before being hired as Hays CISD superintendent in May 2013, McKie served as interim superintendent for Fort Bend ISD and as a teacher. He has worked in education for more than 30 years. view article arw

The search for Bridgeport’s new superintendent narrowed this week.  The school board and the superintendent search firm, C.C.R. Educational Consultants, have narrowed the field of candidates to seven out of the more than 40 who applied. Initial interviews are scheduled for May 17, May 18, May 22 and May 23. The current timeline indicates the lone finalist will be named in June and will start work at the beginning of July. view article arw

Blessing. We use that word a lot but what does it really mean to be blessed? According to Webster, it means to be endowed or given something that you have not earned or do not deserve. As I reflect on that definition, it becomes keenly apparent that I am indeed blessed in my profession. I am privileged to be the superintendent of the Apple Springs Independent School District. It is an honor for which I am truly grateful to God. He has blessed me with circumstances about which any superintendent would be envious. view article arw

Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora has settled into her new role as superintendent of schools at Tomball ISD, slightly more than 30 days after former Superintendent Huey Kinchen officially retired, and it couldn’t comed at a busier time. The end of the 2017 school year is looming, and the district is in the early stages of budget preparation as well as planning for the more than probable bond that could spell new campuses within the next five years. (Want to get daily updates about news and other events going on in your area? Sign up for the free Houston Patch morning newsletter.) For most folks, it’s barely lends enough time to catch your breath, but it’s something that Salazar-Zamora has grown accustomed to over the course of her career, and especially as the now former Tomball ISD chief academic officer. view article arw

Sweetwater Independent School District trustees hired Tahoka ISD, south of Lubbock, Superintendent George McFarland as its new chief executive during a special meeting Thursday, according to district officials.  McFarland, an Abilene native, was selected Sweetwater's finalist for its superintendent position at an April board meeting after former Superintendent Terry Pittman announced his retirement earlier in the school year.  Sweetwater ISD held a reception Thursday afternoon following McFarland's official hiring. view article arw

85 HR. No. 724

May 1208:40 AM

Resolution, whereas, Lynn Burton is retiring as superintendent of the Orange Grove Independent School District on June 30, 2017, drawing to a close an outstanding career in public education that has spanned four decades. A 1971 graduate of Sherman High School, Mr. Burton earned a bachelor's degree in political science and history from Baylor University and a master's degree in education from North Texas State University. He developed an interest in teaching after taking a job as a substitute, and he went on to work as a teacher and coach at Nocona ISD before transitioning into administration with assistant principal posts at schools in Grapevine.  view article arw

The Friendswood ISD board of trustees is expected to announce the number of finalists that will move onto a second round of superintendent interviews on the path to replace Superintendent Trish Hanks during a May 11 special meeting. Six candidates were selected for the first round of interviews, which were held May 9-11. A second round of interviews are scheduled May 15-17. “We are in the midst of the process, and all is confidential,” FISD board President Rebecca Hillenburg said. “Each board member has the interest of our students first. Each of us realizes the importance of this decision and takes it extremely seriously.” view article arw

The Hempstead school board voted 3-2 Thursday night to approve a four-year contract for incoming Superintendent Shimon Waronker that will pay him $265,000 a year. Waronker, 48, an administrator known for turning around struggling and dangerous schools in New York City, said in an interview after the vote that he felt “grateful” for the opportunity to steer the district out of its troubled designations. “These are tough things that we all have to work together to overcome,” said Waronker, who starts July 1. “What the teachers and administrators need to know is I’m going to be there to support them, and help them through this process.” view article arw

At a special Keller ISD board meeting on Monday, trustees named Rick Westfall the lone finalist for the district’s superintendent position.  Westfall, who has been deputy superintendent of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD since 2011, will now undergo a state-mandated 21-day waiting period before he can officially be hired for the position.  Current KISD Superintendent Randy Reid announced in January that after five years with the district, he would retire in July, prompting the board of trustees to begin the search that led to Westfall. view article arw

Acting Superintendent Anton Salome is not one of them.|   Although he expressed interest in the position when he was named acting superintendent when Superintendent Randall Earwood was initially placed on leave, Salome was not among the 18 applicants ... view article arw

HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The Hays CISD superintendent has announced he plans to step down at the end of the school year.  Superintendent Michael McKie informed his executive staff of his decision at 3 p.m. Tuesday. view article arw

At his first Port Neches-Groves ISD board meeting since his likely departure for Texas City ISD was announced, trustees and administrators wished Superintendent Rodney Cavness well, but stayed quiet on plans to replace him. Cavness is expected to sign a contract with the Galveston-area district on May 23, according to a statement from TCISD. According to Texas City's website, Superintendent Cynthia Lusignolo will retire on June 30. view article arw

A leadership transition is underway in Medina Independent School District, with newcomer Kevin Newsom taking the reins of the small district in Bandera County from Penny Corona, who’s retiring as its superintendent this week.  Newsom, the superintendent of Brackettville schools for the past 3½ years, was the unanimous choice among Medina trustees on April 12 to succeed Corona, who was hired in 2015. A reception for her will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the district offices. view article arw

In his four years as the Frisco ISD superintendent, Dr. Jeremy Lyon oversaw huge growth in the district's number of students and campuses, as well as a partnership with the Dallas Cowboys and the city to satisfy the need for a new stadium. Lyon is set to leave Frisco ISD at the end of June, and the district's funding challenge -- trying to keep up with all that growth -- looms large for his replacement. He unsuccessfully oversaw the district's efforts to increase taxpayer funding, an initiative that failed at the polls in 2016. As a result, Frisco ISD will keep four new campuses vacant next school year in an effort to save $15 million in operating costs. The district has since been working closely with community members to come up with a priorities-based budget that will make the best use of limited funding. view article arw

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - With a unanimous vote, Midland ISD secured its future by naming Orlando Riddick the finalist for the superintendent position.  “I’m just one of many that say if we can build this team and all have that collaborative aspect, we can go after things,” said Riddick.  Riddick, a veteran in the Texas education system worked his way up the ladder from being an English teacher in Dallas from 1997-2002, to being the superintendent for Cedar Hill ISD since 2014. Experience he believes would take MISD to the next level. view article arw

Donny Lee has been named as the lone finalist for the Oakwood ISD Superintendent position. Lee is currently the high school principal for Frankston ISD. Lee has eight years of administrative experience and stated he looks forward to the exciting opportunities that Oakwood ISD has to offer. "I'm very honored and excited about this opportunity to lead Oakwood ISD,” Lee said. “The district has a very strong reputation for excellence and was recently named as a Blue Ribbon School. Only 22 schools in the state were awarded this prestigious honor and I'm thrilled to be a part of a forward-thinking team." view article arw

Dr. Doug Killian, the lone finalist for the Pflugerville Independent School District’s superintendent vacancy, was approved in a unanimous vote Thursday. Dr. Killian, who has 13 years of superintendent experience, including seven at Hutto ISD, will officially begin his new role on July 1. He received his doctorate in educational administration from Texas A&M University. “We had a strong pool of candidates and Dr. Killian quickly rose to the top,” said PfISD Board President Vernagene Mott. “He met so many of the qualifications that our staff and community indicated were crucial in our next superintendent. His previous experience as a superintendent is a big plus, but his personality and history of leadership and collaboration came shining through during our discussions.” view article arw

I welcomed the absorption of the La Marque school district into Texas City Independent School District. My appreciation was challenged when I read of intemperate remarks by the lone finalist for superintendent, Rodney Cavness ("Questions arise over superintendent finalist's Obama comments," The Daily News, May 4). view article arw

85 Legislative (R) HR 1959

May 0808:29 AM

 WHEREAS, Mary Ann Whiteker is retiring as superintendent of the Hudson Independent School District on June 30, 2017, drawing to a close an outstanding career in education that has spanned nearly four and a half decades; and WHEREAS, After graduating as valedictorian of her class at Corrigan-Camden High School, Ms. Whiteker studied education at Stephen F. Austin State University, where she earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees; and WHEREAS, Ms. Whiteker began her career teaching first grade at Corrigan-Camden Elementary School in 1973; she became elementary curriculum supervisor for Corrigan-Camden ISD in 1984, and the following year, she accepted the post of district curriculum director; in 1986, she transferred to Hudson ISD to work as its curriculum director, and she went on to serve as assistant superintendent and interim superintendent before being named superintendent in 1995; view article arw