NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches ISD interim superintendent Sandra Dowdy now knows she is likely to get the job following a state mandated three-week waiting period.  The lone finalist was selected by the NISD school board from 45 applicants. Their names will remain confidential.   At this hour, Dowdy continues the biggest challenge that's been facing her and board members for over a year.  In a special session meeting, they're now discussing what plan to take if accountability ratings don't improve. Dowdy discussed the latest proposal on the table East Texas News. view article arw

The Decatur School Board unanimously agreed Monday night to hire the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) to lead the district’s superintendent search.  “Back in 2010, I stood before the board then and selected Rod (Townsend) as the superintendent,” said Butch Felkner, director of TASB’s executive search division. “It’s hard to believe it’s been that long.”  Townsend announced in February he would retire at the end of the school year. At Monday night’s meeting, trustees had to first decide whether they wanted to use a search firm or set out to find a new superintendent themselves. With no discussion, they approved using a search firm with a unanimous vote. view article arw

The Lindsay Independent School District Board of Trustees has officially hired Trevor Rogers as the district’s new superintendent.  Interim Superintendent Larry Smith said board members approved Rogers’ contract earlier this week  via a 5-0 vote. Vicki Thurman and Olivia Neu were absent.  Smith said Rogers’ three-year contract starts Saturday and his first day to report to work will be on Monday.  According to his contract, Rogers will make $107,000 per year and receive a one-time allowance of $3,000 to relocate he and his family to a home located within the district.  view article arw

Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees will begin interviews this week with candidates for superintendent, a post Dr. Kay Handlin has held since Sandra Billodeau’s retirement in June 2012. Handlin notified the school board earlier this year that she will be resigning as superintendent after 23 years as an educator, so she can spend more time traveling with her husband. After Handlin notified them of her intention to leave when classes end for the school year, CPCISD trustees at their January meeting decided to contract with Texas Association of School Board Executive Search Services to help with their search for a new superintendent. view article arw

The Frisco ISD board of trustees met for a board workshop this morning to discuss the search process for a new superintendent. Superintendent Jeremy Lyon, who has been with FISD since 2013, announced his retirement on March 17 after 31 years in public education. Lyon has been named the first president of Cooper Youth, a division of The Cooper Institute, a nonprofit research and education organization in the field of preventive medicine. view article arw

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - During a Monday night special meeting, Nacogdoches Independent School District named Sandra Dowdy the lone finalist for the superintendent position.  Dowdy has served as interim for the last several months.  Per a press release from NISD, Dowdy was selected from a field of 45 applicants. A state mandated 21-day period must pass between the board naming her as the lone finalist and formally naming her as the next superintendent of Nacogdoches schools. view article arw

Bloomington school district is looking for a new superintendent after Delores Warnell retired this month.  Warnell submitted a letter of resignation to the board in January, announcing her last day as June 30, but she decided to retire sooner on March 10.  "I was thinking about retiring for some time," Warnell said. "It's a bittersweet feeling."  She began her career in education teaching a variety of subjects, including reading, writing and physical education. view article arw

Longtime Azle ISD administrator Tanya Anderson has been named the district’s lone finalist to succeed outgoing Superintendent Dr. Ray Lea.  The AISD board of trustees voted 6-0 Saturday morning to select Anderson.  Anderson has served the district for over a quarter century. She began her career as an elementary teacher and taught for ten years before becoming an administrator.  She began her administrative career at Azle High School as an assistant principal before serving as Liberty Elementary School’s principal. view article arw

Frisco ISD superintendent resigns

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The FISD board of trustees moved to accept Superintendent Jeremy Lyon’s letter of resignation on Monday. His resignation will be effective June 30. Lyon joined FISD in 2013. He announced his retirement March 17 after being named the first president of Cooper Youth, a division of The Cooper Institute. He will transition from education to health care to join a national effort to advance preventive health practices for children. “We have received notice that you have spent 31 wonderful years in education but that you are looking forward to the next chapter of expanding on your passion of health and wellness,” said Anne McCausland, president of the board. view article arw

Hudson ISD Superintendent Mary Ann Whiteker is retiring after 44 years of working in the education field. “Upon completing my 23rd year as Hudson ISD superintendent, I have decided it is time for me to retire,” Whiteker wrote in a letter to staff on Friday. “I am so honored to have had the opportunity to serve this district and thankful to be able to end my professional career in Hudson.”  She said in the letter that the district has been blessed to have a board and community that has embraced “21st-century” education. view article arw

Mac Edwards is leaving one paradise in north Texas for a different one near the banks of the Llano River. Edwards, a veteran educator serving as superintendent of Paradise ISD in north Texas, was named the lone finalist for the Llano ISD superintendent post on Monday evening. State law requires a three-week waiting period after being named the lone finalist for a superintendent position before one can officially be tabbed for the job. view article arw

Rick Sorrells, the former superintendent of Dallas County Schools, is being paid generously to leave the troubled school bus agency, according to documents obtained by NBC 5 Investigates. Copies of Sorrells retirement deal obtained by NBC 5 Investigates show the former superintendent will receive his full pay and benefits for nearly another 10 months. Sorrells' annual compensation was more than $206,000 and also included a monthly $700 car allowance. His unused vacation and leave time will also be paid. view article arw

MCGREGOR, Texas (KWTX) The McGregor School Board has named Assistant Superintendent James Lenamon as the lone finalist to replace the district’s retiring superintendent, Kevin Houchin. “Mr. Lenamon’s loyalty to the district and the community is without question, and now we will tap into his leadership skills to lead our district. The board is confident that Mr. Lenamon will continue the district’s success and strive to meet our goal of creating a culture of excellence,” McGregor School Board President Frank Graves said.  By law, the board must wait 21 days before voting to hire Lenamon. view article arw

After 44 years in the education field, Hudson Superintendent Mary Ann Whiteker has announced her retirement. Whiteker said her last day will be June 30. "I've been superintendent here for 23 years, and it's one of the best school districts anywhere," Whiteker said. "We've been able to do some tremendous things with a great community that has given me great school boards. I've had a phenomenal staff and great kids." view article arw

The Lone Finalists for these schools are...! Kevin Newsom for Medina ISD! Lynn Ponder for Calvert ISD! Melissa Gonzales for Refugio ISD! We would like to also congradulate Brady ISD's new super Dr. Duane Limbaugh! read more arw

The Waco Independent School District's Board of Trustees has completed its first round of interviews in its search for a new superintendent. Current Waco ISD Superintendent, Dr. Bonny Cain is retiring and 59 candidates have applied to replace her. Trustees have narrowed the list down to six educators who were all interviewed this week. Board President Pat Atkins said they couldn’t have been more impressed with the six men and women they talked to. “All of them were strong candidates who recognized the opportunity Waco ISD presents, an view article arw

On Wednesday, Nacogdoches ISD trustees interviewed at least one applicant for superintendent during a special meeting. (paywalled) view article arw

Gladewater ISD trustees voted unanimously to name former Superintendent Mike Morrison as the district’s interim superintendent, filling in for the job as J.P. Richardson joins Tatum ISD. Morrison’s pay is still being negotiated, School Board President Jon Keller said. Keller said the district hopes to start Morrison in his interim role on Tuesday. His contract will be on a temporary, 90-day basis, Keller said. view article arw

Keller ISD is inviting the community to provide its feedback through March 29 to assist in the process of hiring a new Superintendent of Schools. Superintendent Randy Reid announced in January that he would be retiring at the end of July 2017. In February, KISD's Board of Trustees hired a superintendent search consultant to assist in finding Dr. Reid's successor. view article arw

After a closed-door session Tuesday, the Greenville Independent School District Board of Trustees approved Dr. Demetrus Liggins as its new superintendent.  Secretary Trena Stafford filed a motion for approval and Lesley Overstreet seconded the motion, before the board unanimously approved the decision.  Following the decision, the board welcomed Liggins with a round of applause.  “Welcome to Greenville ISD,” President Anne Hayes said.  They then gave Liggins a chance to address the audience. view article arw

The Frisco ISD board of trustees will hold a public workshop to begin the search for a new superintendent. The workshop, the date of which is yet to be determined, will be an opportunity for the board to discuss different executive search firms to help find the next superintendent for the school district. After 31 years in public education, Superintendent Jeremy Lyon, who joined the district in 2013, announced his retirement March 17, which the board accepted during Monday’s regular meeting. Lyon will be with district through June 30. view article arw

Freer ISD School Board named Interim Superintendent Conrad Cantu as the sole finalist for the district's superintendent. Cantu has been with the district for four years; three and a half of those years he was principal of the high school. "I hope to continue the work and incentives we've made with the district for the past three and a half years," he stated. "My goal is to continue to retire from Freer ISD. The community is excellent. They take care of each other." view article arw

The Midland Independent School District has been facing challenges over the past year. But the board said it's all about providing a better outcome for the district's future. They're still in the process of working toward their goal to finding a permanent superintendent. After choosing a superintendent search firm, they're taking a step closer to getting applicants for the spot. The board held a meeting Tuesday discussing the superintendent search firm's leadership profile. This is used to act as a job requirement so applicants can review what's needed.  view article arw

Bryan school district is hosting a communitywide meet-and-greet with Christine Whitbeck, who is the sole superintendent finalist. The reception will be at 6 p.m. April 3 at the Bryan ISD Performing Arts Center at Stephen F. Austin Middle School, 801 S. Ennis St. At noon that day, Bryan trustees will vote on whether to hire her. view article arw

The Greenville Independent School District Board of Trustees is expected Tuesday to hire the district’s next superintendent.  The board voted Feb. 24 to name Dr. Demetrus Liggins, an area superintendent with the Grand Prairie Independent School District, as the lone finalist for the position.  By law, the board had to wait a minimum of 21 days before offering Liggins a formal contract. The contract was the subject of a special board meeting on March 13. The board is scheduled to meet in a closed door session concerning the appointment during Tuesday’s regular session, starting at 6 p.m. in the Wesley Martin Administration Building, 4004 Moulton Street. The board will then return to open session to officially name Liggins as superintendent. view article arw

Frisco ISD officials announced today that Superintendent Jeremy Lyon will retire at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Lyon has served the past four years of a 31-year career in public education at FISD. “After more than three decades in public education, this will be my last school year,” Lyon said in a statement released by the district. “When I was teaching in East Texas, I never could have imagined I would end up here with the privilege to lead one of the state’s top performing school systems thanks to the hard work and dedication of the board, teachers and staff, parents, students and the Frisco community. “Thanks to extraordinary educators and to the vision and incredible support from our board, I am able to leave a school district drawing a record number of families who value high academic standards and a personal learning environment for every student,” Lyon said. view article arw

Friendswood ISD Superintendent Trish Hanks said she did not intend to be an educator. Instead, she first set out to be a speech pathologist at a private clinic before getting into public education four decades ago. “I was getting married so I decided not to do that,” Hanks said about becoming a speech pathologist. “I took a job in a public school, kind of as a default until we got married and decided where we were going to settle. Then, I was going to get my master’s and go to work in a clinic.” Hanks, a Galveston County native, said once she began working in public schools, however, she quickly found out her calling was in education. view article arw

Bill 85 (R) HR 556

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R E S O L U T I O N WHEREAS, Dr. Robin Battershell of the Temple Independent School District was named the 2016 Superintendent of the Year for Education Service Center Region 12 by the Texas Association of School Boards; and whereas. A native of Robinson, Robin Battershell earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education at Texas Tech University and her master's degree in educational psychology at the University of Houston. She began her career in 1980, first as a third grade teacher in Houston and Pasadena before becoming a special education counselor with the Bell County Cooperative for Exceptional Children. view article arw

Gladewater ISD trustees are expected to name an interim superintendent to replace J.P. Richardson when they meet Monday.Richardson has resigned from the district and is set to assume the superintendent job at Tatum ISD on Monday. view article arw

New superintendent at Premont ISD

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The Premont School District also has a new superintendent. Steve Van Matre joined the district about a month ago and he's no Rookie. He was previously superintendent in Freer and Sinton. He was even the principal at Carroll High School. Now he's focused on Premont and the academic struggles there.   view article arw

Claude ISD Lone Finalist Is…

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Claude ISD has announced that Brock Cartwright is their Superintendent Lone Finalist read more arw

Seguin ISD taxpayers are out $135,000, and they may never know what prompted the buyout of the contracts held by their superintendent and his wife. The secret agreement reached between Superintendent Stetson Roane and the board allows him to exit with a neutral job reference, half a year’s salary and the buyout of the last four months of his wife’s contract for $40,000. The superintendent’s sudden departure comes about a month after a complaint was lodged against him and the board placed him on paid leave. The board has made no public comment regarding the complaint, saying only that it is a personnel issue.More troubling is a clause in Roane’s separation agreement that states, “SISD agrees that it will not report Roane or his resignation to the Texas Education Agency … or any other state or local agency regarding the allegations investigated, and those underlying his consideration for possible sanctions before his resignation.” view article arw

Tomball ISD Board President Kathy Handler (left) congratulated Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora as she was hired as the District’s next superintendent of schools. SalazarZamora joined Tomball nearly three years ago as the chief academic officer. She has worked in education for 30 years. She joined Tomball from Round Rock ISD, where she served as the deputy superintendent of curriculum and administration. view article arw

Kent Scribner was hired as superintendent of the 86,000-student Fort Worth school district 18 months ago with one overarching goal: improving student performance, especially at the nearly two dozen schools that failed to meet state educational measures. It’s clear Scribner is doggedly determined to succeed. He quickly picked student literacy as the place to start. Only 30 percent of Fort Worth third-graders read at grade level, a key to future academic success. Last fall, the school district and other city leaders and philanthropic organizations launched the Fort Worth Literacy Partnership, aiming for 100 percent of third-graders reading at grade level by 2025. Scribner recently laid out his next initiative. view article arw

The man in charge of the largest school bus operation in North Texas it out. Rick Sorrells the superintendent of Dallas County schools retired under a cloud of controversy as the agency deals with a financial crisis and questions about it's school bus stop arm camera program. Cameras mounted to the stop-arms of school buses have worked well in other cities to keep kids safe, but NBC 5 Investigates discovered Dallas County Schools spent more than $17 million in bond money to buy stop-arm cameras and on-board security cameras when they could have received some of the equipment for free. view article arw