Texas is pretty good at ranking schools, and now it has simplified that process with the new A to F accountability ratings. Those campuses that got As and Bs presumably are considered successful, those that got Cs are considered so-so and those schools that got tagged with Ds and Fs are looked down upon as failures or near-failures. Most of the state’s 8,000-plus school campuses got As or Bs, but the real question is, what will it take to make all of Texas’ public schools successful? view article arw

San Antonio - The South San ISD school board of trustees accepted Superintendent Alexandro Flores' resignation Tuesday, after less than a year on the job.  Trustees Mandy Martinez, District 1, Louis Ybarra Jr., District 2, and Elda Flores, District 7, announced their resignations shortly before the vote to accept Flores' resignation. The trustees said they did not feel valued on the board. view article arw

On Thursday, September 5, 2019, the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD School Board of Trustees named Dr. Jorge Luis Arredondo, as the “Lone Finalist” for the PSJA ISD Superintendent position. Dr. Arredondo is currently employed as Area Superintendent for the Houston Independent School District located in Harris County, Texas. Houston ISD has student enrollment of approximately 210,000 students.  read more arw

School board trustees in La Vernia have asked the community for patience as they “continue to get more facts and determine the best way forward.”  The plea came at the end of a special called meeting Sept. 5 to address “the employment, … discipline, or dismissal” of district Superintendent Trent Lovette, following allegations by a La Vernia High School cheerleader that Lovette touched her inappropriately during La Vernia’s Aug. 30 football game in Sinton. view article arw

LA VERNIA, Texas - The public was anticipating a decision Friday for the superintendent of La Vernia Independent School District. His fate was placed in the hands of the school board after a string of allegations involving inappropriate behavior. view article arw

White Oak ISD may soon begin a search for a new superintendent.  The board of trustees Monday could approve requesting proposals from superintendent search firms, according to the meeting agenda. Mike Gilbert is the district’s current superintendent. view article arw

LA VERNIA, Texas - La Vernia Independent School District's superintendent was placed on leave last year and reinstated less than three weeks later despite a string of allegations of inappropriate behavior at work, records obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders show.  Dr. Trent Lovette, hired by the district in early 2018, was placed on leave last November and then brought back to his position in early December following an investigation by the district. view article arw

Allegations have surfaced that the La Vernia Independent School District superintendent touched a cheerleader inappropriately at a football game last week. A criminal complaint was made on Aug. 30 against La Vernia ISD superintendent Dr. Trent Lovette for inappropriately touching a La Vernia cheerleader at football game in Sinton. view article arw

While the La Vernia Independent School District school board will meet Friday to decide the future of Superintendent Trent Lovette, a police report obtained Thursday by KSAT.com revealed a recent allegation against him. On Friday night, a La Vernia High School cheerleader reported Lovette to a Sinton police officer at the stadium during a football game. view article arw

The Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD School Board has named their lone finalist for Superintendent.  Dr. Jorge Luis Arredondo was named the lone finalist.  According to a release, Arredondo is currently the Area Superintendent for the Houston Independent School District.  “The PSJA ISD School Board understands that the selection of a school district superintendent is the most important decision that a school board can make. The Board looks forward to working with Dr. Arredondo in order to continue to take PSJA to the next level,” stated Jesse Zambrano, PSJA ISD School Board President. “We selected a super-star who will continue to build on the legacy of Dr. Daniel P. King.” view article arw

An adjusted process to hire an interim superintendent for the Mineola School District was outlined by board President John Abbott at Friday’s school board meeting. view article arw

We're learning more about the resignation of the South San Antonio ISD Superintendent. Now former Superintendent Alexandro Flores will be paid $187,000 in a buyout, making it effectively more than $380,000 the district paid him for 11 months of work. You'll be shocked to see how this stacks up with other districts. view article arw

Speaker after speaker made it clear Wednesday that outgoing Belton schools Superintendent Susan Kincannon impacted not only students but the community as a whole. view article arw

South San ISD's superintendent has resigned after less than a year in the position. During Tuesday's special meeting, Alexandro Flores submitted his resignation. Shortly before the board voted to accept the resignation, three trustees also announced their resignations. Mandy Martinez, Louis Ybarra Jr. and Elda Flores said they didn't "feel valued on the board," according to a KSAT report. view article arw

The La Vernia Independent School District school board will meet Friday in a special meeting to discuss possibly firing Superintendent Trent Lovette. The agenda for the 5 p.m. meeting lists the only agenda item as a closed session "to discuss the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of the superintendent." view article arw

TAMS Executive Director Announcement

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The Texas Association of Mid-Size Schools (TAMS) has announced the selection of Dr. Greg Gibson as the new Executive Director, effective in January of 2020. Dr. Gibson is currently the Superintendent of Schools at the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District (SCUC ISD). TAMS was founded in 1990 to impact the state’s school finance system in order to obtain equitable funding of education resources while addressing disparities in size and diseconomies of scale. School districts that meet the criteria of Mid-Size Schools offer a PK-12 program, ranging from 1,600 to 5,000 students in regular daily attendance. view article arw

One of two firms with ties to Bell County will conduct the Belton Independent School District’s search for a new superintendent. After an hour-long closed door session Tuesday evening, the board took no action on hiring a superintendent search firm. view article arw

Sean Maika was named Tuesday as the lone finalist for North East Independent School District superintendent. Maika took over as NEISD interim superintendent May 6. He also served as NEISD assistant superintendent of instruction and campus administration, executive director for school administration and principal of Harris Middle School.  view article arw

Decatur ISD started collecting feedback from staff and community members on the qualities wanted in the prospective superintendent this week. A survey went live on the district’s website Friday, and a townhall date has been set for Sept. 12 at the Decatur ISD Administration Building. Interim superintendent Brett Springston, who is leading the search for the permanent superintendent, made his first campus visit Thursday at McCarroll Middle School to get feedback from staff. He plans to hit all the campuses in the next two weeks. view article arw

Belton Independent School District Board of Trustees held a meeting Tuesday to discuss the plans for finding a new superintendent. They heard from two firms, the Texas Association of School Boards Executive Search Services as well as Ray and Associates, Inc. During the meeting both services pitched their group and answered questions on how they would replace Dr. Susan Kincannon.  view article arw

The South San Antonio Independent School District is planning to offer its superintendent a buyout option during a special meeting Tuesday evening, according to a district spokeswoman. The district’s Superintendent, Dr. Alexandro Flores, has been with the district less than a year. view article arw

 Crandall ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire Dr. Wendy Eldredge, Deputy Superintendent of Garland ISD, as the district’s new superintendent for Crandall ISD. Details and updates will appear on our search page. read more arw

After less than two months on the job, Sean Maika already has made the North East Independent School District superintendent’s office his own, filling the shelves with personal belongings. A stuffed Mountie toy sits on a shelf next to other trinkets from Canada, Maika’s home country. Books fill a large section of shelves, and antlers and license plates from the year he was born are hung on the wall. view article arw

SAN ANTONIO — For the sixth time in eight years, trustees at South San Antonio Independent School District have officially begun the search for a new superintendent.  At a special meeting Tuesday night, the board approved a separation agreement with Superintendent Alexandro Flores, who'd been on the job less than a year. The district did not release the terms of his buyout. view article arw

Earlier this week, staff and community members gave their input on qualities that they would like to see in a superintendent in meetings moderated by Peaster ISD attorney Rhonda Crass. “I think it went extremely well,” Crass said. “There was a lot of community and faculty participation, and people were very vested in what they were looking for.”  Crass will be sharing a superintendent profile with the board of trustees next week in a closed session meeting. The application and profile are to be published on Sept. 9, and applications will be open until Oct. 22.  In July, Peaster ISD board of trustees selected Rod Townsend to serve as an interim superintendent after former superintendent Matt Adams resigned from the district.  Peaster ISD Communications Director Paul Casey said the board is hoping to hire a permanent superintendent by the end of the year. view article arw

Five public school administrators across Texas that are up for a very special award. Something one of his co-workers said is well deserved. Tylor Chaplin has 12 years of administrative experience and has served as Burkburnett’s superintendent for four years. He said helping kids is what made him want to choose this career path. “I got into this because I wanted to be a coach and realized very quickly that the relationships that you build with students in the coaching and in the field, on the court can be transitioned into the classroom,” Chaplin said. “Those relationships that you build in the classroom kind of transcend the walls of the school.” Sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards, the Superintendent of the Year program has recognized exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership since 1984 and on Tuesday Chaplin was named a finalist. view article arw

The South San Antonio Independent School District superintendent has plans to resign, according to an agenda posted on the district's website Friday. Dr. Alexandro Flores has been the superintendent for less than a year. He joined the school district in October 2018. view article arw

Trustees at South San Antonio Independent School District appear poised to approve a separation agreement with their superintendent of less than a year. The board is scheduled to discuss Superintendent Alexandro Flores’ “resignation and separation agreement” and “appointment of an interim superintendent” at a special meeting Tuesday evening, according to the agenda. view article arw

State Education Commissioner Mike Morath has appointed the conservator he assigned to Marlin Independent School District in February as the district’s new interim superintendent, in the wake of former superintendent Michael Seabolt’s resignation.  Morath named conservator Jean Bahney as interim superintendent in a letter sent Monday to the state-appointed board of managers and acting superintendent Remy Godfrey. In the letter, he also appointed a conservator, Diana Vaughn, to replace Bahney.  Bahney will not serve as interim superintendent for longer than the 2019-20 school year, and the board of managers must conduct a superintendent search to find a new leader for the district, Morath wrote. view article arw

The South San Antonio Independent School District board is likely to offer Superintendent Alexandro Flores a buyout, effectively ending his employment with South San less than a year from his hiring, according to an agenda posted Friday evening.  The board plans to discuss “the superintendent’s resignation and separation agreement” and “the appointment of an interim superintendent,” on Tuesday, according to the agenda. view article arw

BELTON — Susan Kincannon can easily pinpoint the moment she wanted to become an educator.  It was in the fourth grade, and her teacher was Francis Killingsworth. Kincannon described her as an amazing teacher who had the ability to connect and love her students. Killingsworth helped Kincannon figure out that she was good at learning. "paywalled" view article arw

Karnes City 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

Thursday’s Waco Independent School District Board of Trustees 5-2 vote to hire a new superintendent comes after a surprising amount of tension and strife between board members, sometimes played out in the pages of the Waco Tribune-Herald, sometimes involving misunderstandings and, given claims and counterclaims, clear deceit. But the process is over. Five board members have expressed glowing confidence in Belton ISD Superintendent Susan Kincannon’s coming to Waco; two question not her obvious skills and accomplishments but her experience in a district as racially and economically diverse as Waco ISD. view article arw

The Waco Independent School District Board of Trustees voted 5-2 Thursday to hire Susan Kincannon as superintendent, snagging her away from the nearby and fast-growing Belton ISD.  Trustees Norman Manning and Stephanie Korteweg cast the dissenting votes. Manning said in his comments before the vote that Kincannon is not the right person for Waco ISD and referred to his previous comments in the Tribune-Herald in which he expressed concern about Kincannon’s lack of experience with a student population as diverse as Waco’s. view article arw

A special meeting was held at South San ISD where the district leaders were going to talk about the superintendent's contract. We're told there was no action taken regarding Dr. Alexandro Flores Thursday night. view article arw