The longest serving trustee on the Katy ISD school board and its newest members are pushing for a formal search to help find a new superintendent to replace the outgoing and embattled Lance Hindt. But a majority of the board members support hiring from within for the district’s top job. view article arw

Houston ISD trustees narrowly voted Thursday to not seek proposals from outside organizations to run long-struggling schools, a decision that keeps those campuses under local control but sets the stage for a possible state takeover of the district’s school board. view article arw

HOUSTON - The HISD School Board voted 6-3 Thursday night to conduct a closed search for a new superintendent.  The closed search means the applicants will be kept confidential.  Critics say an open search is more transparent, but the majority decided a closed search will encourage more candidates to apply. view article arw

In a 6-3 vote, the board of trustees decided Thursday to perform a closed search for Houston ISD's next superintendent. read more arw

The Italy ISD Board of Trustees is searching for an outstanding, qualified administrator to lead the school district. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress. read more arw

The Fairfield ISD Board of Trustees is searching for an outstanding, qualified administrator to lead the school district. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress. read more arw

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

KILGORE, Texas (LNJ) - Kilgore ISD trustees will consider items Monday related to their superintendent search.  According to our newspaper partners, the Longview News Journal, board members will discuss and approve qualifications and characteristics for the position. view article arw

The San Saba ISD Board of Trustees has chosen Wayne Kelly, Superintendent of Agua Dulce ISD, as Lone Finalist for San Saba ISD Superintendent of Schools. Details and updates will continue to appear on our search page as things progress.  read more arw

Prior to Monday evening’s regular school board meeting, a welcome reception was held for new Kingsville ISD Superintendent Elida Bera at the district’s central office.  Bera was officially hired as the district’s superintendent during a special meeting of the KISD Board of Trustees in late November, taking over the position from Interim Superintendent Rudy Calderon, a former KISD administrator who was appointed after the district’s previous superintendent, Carol Perez, accepted a superintendent position with Mission Consolidated ISD in late July. view article arw

A picture of graffiti found in a bathroom at a Vidor school raised concerns with parents for the safety of their children. Vidor Superintendent Dr. Jay Killgo, Ed D released this statement concerning the issue:  view article arw

The Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees selected a search firm to aid in the quest for the next superintendent, heard various academic reports and reviewed financial and human resource audits on Monday.  To begin the meeting Lee Auvenshine, WISD Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources and Legal Services, provided an updated list of drug offenses this school year. He reiterated the implementation of the WISD 2018 safety and security plan that was adopted on Aug. 6. Auvenshine shared there have been 13 drug offenses this school year with two at Waxahachie High in September, three at WHS and one at Coleman in October, five at WHS and one at Coleman in November and one at WHS in December. view article arw

The Yorktown ISD Board of Trustees is searching for an outstanding, qualified administrator to lead the school district. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress. read more arw

Point Isabel 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

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Gatesville ISD superintendent Eric Penrod was named Tuesday to succeed Dr. DesMontes Stewart as deputy superintendent of the Killeen ISD.  Stewart left Killeen to become superintendent of the Gainesville ISD.  Penrod has served as the Gatesville ISD’s superintendent since May 2015.  He started his career in education in 1999 as a teacher and coach at Lake Travis High School, taught for a year in the Leander ISD in 2004 and served as an assistant high school principal through 2010 before taking the principal’s job at Marble Falls High School. view article arw

Trustees for Spring Hill and Henderson ISDs are soliciting staff and community input for their superintendent searches. Board members for both districts have hired Texas Association of School Boards’ Executive Search Services to facilitate searches for a new chief. view article arw

Henderson ISD board members are set to meet with a consultant Tuesday to set a schedule and qualifications for their superintendent search. The search comes after trustees accepted Superintendent Keith Boles’ resignation last month. Trustees also will consider approving a budget amendment and proposals for audio-visual equipment at Wiley Elementary School. view article arw

The next person to take over the reins as superintendent at the Katy Independent School District is likely already working there. Katy ISD officials confirmed the district is currently looking “in house” to find the successor for the outgoing and embattled Superintendent Lance Hindt. On Friday, a district spokeswoman said she hadn’t been informed if the effort could ever extend beyond the ranks of current employees. A job listing for the position on the district’s website says they are looking for “KISD employees only” with current or former experience as a school principal. view article arw

Temple and Belton school superintendents have relatively average salaries, according to a new survey released by the Texas Association of School Boards and the Texas Association of School Administrators. According to the Temple Independent School District, Superintendent Bobby Ott makes $212,000 a year, about the same as the previous superintendent. In Belton Independent School District, spokeswoman Elizabeth Cox confirmed that Superintendent Susan Kincannon makes $215,000 a year. view article arw

Southlake Carroll schools Superintendent David Faltys is on a leave of absence while he attends to a family medical situation, according to the school district. Faltys, who has been superintendent since 2006, is spending time with his wife and children. “The situation does not involve his own health,” said Julie Thannum, assistant superintendent for board and community relations, in an email. view article arw

Silsbee 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

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LHISD Trustees voted unanimously in a special called meeting Tuesday to approve the three-year contract of Superintendent Steve Snell, whose first day on the job was Wednesday. The contract set Snell’s annual salary at $190,000, and provides for moving expenses of up to $10,000.  view article arw

The Spring Hill ISD board of trustees set the schedule and qualifications for its superintendent search during a planning meeting Wednesday night.  Trustees hired Texas Association School Boards’ Executive Search Services to find a new superintendent last month after Steve Snell resigned to take a job at Liberty Hill ISD. Spring Hill ISD board members hired former Decatur ISD Superintendent Rod Townsend as interim chief. view article arw

A new year will bring a new superintendent to Leverett’s Chapel ISD, but not a new face.  Josh Johnson will begin his new job as superintendent on Jan. 7, following the winter break.  Josh is currently the business manager for LCISD. view article arw

The Denver school district spent $161,375 over the past four months on a superintendent search that has resulted in a single finalist: Deputy Superintendent Susana Cordova. A public records request shows that the district paid more than $100,000 to a Denver political consulting firm, Dimension Strategies, which ran nine of 11 community meetings. The firm produced a detailed report on the characteristics and qualifications that students, parents, teachers, and city residents said they wanted in the next superintendent of Denver Public Schools. The district paid another $30,000 to an executive search firm. The school board is expected to vote to appoint the next superintendent Dec. 17, wrapping up a process that started in August shortly after former Superintendent Tom Boasberg announced he would step down. Boasberg led Colorado’s largest school district for nearly 10 years. view article arw

FORT WORTH — Superintendent Kent Scribner is under a new five-year contract that keeps him at the helm of Fort Worth schools through 2023 — a move board trustees said will help usher continued academic gains to the district.  “I’m very, very excited,” Scribner said. “The board provided great feedback and we’re encouraged by the student achievement results that we have achieved thus far and excited about the promise and opportunity moving forward.”  The school board approved the contract that runs through Dec. 31, 2023 and a $15,000 performance bonus on Tuesday during a special board meeting. view article arw

The Carroll ISD board of trustees appointed Janet McDade, assistant superintendent for student services, as acting superintendent until further notice during its meeting Dec. 3. view article arw

A former Hallsville ISD principal and Longview ISD choir director was named as the lone finalist for Carthage ISD’s vacant superintendent position. John Wink, current superintendent at Blue Ridge ISD near Dallas, has been named the lone finalist to succeed Carthage ISD Superintendent Glenn Hambrick. School board trustees named Wink as their top choice after two rounds of interviews conducted last week and Monday. Wink has been serving as Blue Ridge ISD Superintendent for the past two-and-a-half years, and before that he was at Tatum ISD. view article arw

Lone finalist for new superintendent has extensive background in Texas schools.  Kilgore ISD’s finalist for the superintendent position has deep roots in Texas education.  Dr. Andy Baker was appointed the lone finalist at a special board meeting Friday, Nov. 30 on a unanimous school board vote. Trustees reached their decision after a weeks-long process narrowing an original list of over 70 applicants.  Following the vote, KISD board president Reggie Henson said the board felt Baker was the right choice for the job.  “We felt like he was the best fit for our district. We had some great candidates but we felt like he was the best fit,” Henson said. view article arw

LA VERNIA, Texas - The La Vernia Independent School District's Board of Trustees has reinstated its superintendent following a special meeting on Tuesday night, the La Vernia News reports.  Dr. Trent Lovette had been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation back on Nov. 18. view article arw

John Wink, a Longview High School graduate who is superintendent at Blue Ridge ISD near Dallas, has been named the lone finalist to succeed Carthage ISD Superintendent Glenn Hambrick.  Board trustees named Wink as their top choice after two rounds of interviews conducted last week and Monday. Wink has been Blue Ridge ISD superintendent for the past 2 1/2 years and before that, he was an assistant superintendent at Tatum ISD. view article arw

The Albany ISD Board of Trustees has chosen Jonathan Scott, Principal of Nancy Smith Elementary, as Lone Finalist for Albany ISD Superintendent of Schools. Details and updates will continue to appear on our search page as things progress.  read more arw

The Mabank ISD Board of Trustees has chosen Mr. Lee Joffre, Superintendent of Italy ISD, as Mabank ISD Superintendent of Schools, to replace Dr. Russell Marshall. Details and updates will continue to appear on our search page. read more arw

Henderson 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

As Houston ISD administrators outlined an initial projection of a $76 million shortfall in 2019-2020, Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan this week addressed several issues facing the state’s largest school district. In an interview with the Houston Chronicle — her first since HISD trustees voted to replace her before reversing course in mid-October — Lathan touched on HISD’s mounting budget challenges, her outlook on spending cuts, whether HISD should seek a tax increase and predictions for school finance reform, among other topics. Here are Lathan’s extended comments, with additional context from the Chronicle on each topic. view article arw