Ector County ISD Superintendent Scott Muri presented a report on the Look, Listen and Learn tour he’s been on since he started in July that included some alarming statistics and feedback from the community, including parents, teachers and students. Sixty-six percent of third graders read below grade level in 2019. Some 16.3 percent of students didn’t graduate with their class in 2018. The percentage went to 20.8 for English learners and 29.5 percent for special education students, Muri said. view article arw

Canton ISD Board of Trustees has chosen Dr. Brian Nichols, Superintendent of New Summerfield ISD, as Lone Finalist for Canton ISD Superintendent of Schools. Details and updates will continue to appear on our search page as things progress.  read more arw

Decatur ISD closes in on hire

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Decatur ISD could name a lone finalist for the superintendent job as early as Wednesday. Trustees will conduct a second round of interviews with two candidates Monday and Wendesday. School Board President Charlie Tibbels said a decision on a lone finalist could follow the final interivew Wednesday.  “We’re excited about both candidates. We look forward to digging more into the district with them and talking about specifics with them,” Tibbels said. “We’ve got two great candidates and either would be a great fit for the district.” view article arw

Brenham superintendent honored

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Brenham school Superintendent Walter Jackson has been selected as one of five state finalists for the annual Superintendent of the Year award sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards.  view article arw

LONE FINALIST FOR CANTON ISD

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On Wednesday, October 9, Canton ISD Board selected Dr. Brian Nichols as the lone finalist for the Superintendent position for Canton ISD. Dr. Nichols is currently the Superintendent at New Summerfield ISD. view article arw

The classrooms at Rodriguez Elementary are deserted and the walls remain bare more than a month into the school year. After the campus failed state standards five years in a row, San Antonio Independent School District shuttered Rodriguez at the end of May, dispersing the neighborhood’s kids to other campuses.  On a humid Tuesday in September, educators and families returned to the empty halls, filing into Rodriguez’s cafeteria to hear what Superintendent Pedro Martinez would say about the school’s future.  view article arw

The Mineola ISD board of trustees approved a general timeline for the new superintendent search last Tuesday. Interim Superintendent Randy Hancock asked the board to begin the process of developing a profile of characteristics they would like to see in the next superintendent at the regular MISD board meeting Oct. 21. Hancock will also be gathering information from school staff and community members on their desired superintendent characteristics and their thoughts at a meeting the community will be invited to attend. The public meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the administration building from 4:30-6:30 p.m. view article arw

Agua Dulce ISD Board of Trustees is conducting a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress. read more arw

Following the announced retirement of Dr. Scott Niven, the Allen ISD Board of Trustees named Deputy Superintendent Robin Bullock as the district’s acting superintendent.  Bullock has served as Allen ISD deputy superintendent and assistant superintendent since 2013. She previously served as the deputy superintendent for Midlothian ISD as well as the interim superintendent.  view article arw

Allen ISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Niven announced his retirement from the superintendency to pursue other professional opportunities, according to a district release. The Board of Trustees expressed its appreciation to Niven for his efforts while serving as superintendent and for the district’s many achievements and accomplishments during his tenure. The board also extended its best wishes to Niven in his future endeavors, the release states.  The board named Robin Bullock as acting superintendent and will soon begin its search for a replacement. view article arw

After a year in the interim position, longtime educator Bonny Cain, Ph.D., was announced as the new, full-time superintendent of the Waxahachie Independent School District Wednesday. “Dr. Cain brings to our district a wealth of Texas public education experience and knowledge, which has helped us tremendously as WISD has grown to over 9000 students,” School Board Member Melissa Starnater said. “She’s put some long overdue processes and procedures in place that will help our district as we strive to help all of our students be successful... She genuinely cares about making us be the best we can be.” view article arw

The school principal’s way of working with families ripples throughout the campus. It influences whether the school welcomes parents or merely tolerates them. Dr. Daniel King, superintendent of the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District (PSJA), reflected recently on the climate he cultivates among the principals and other faculty at PSJA. view article arw

Clint Independent School District Superintendent Juan Martinez was a guest speaker at a Texas Gun Sense fundraiser in Austin Thursday evening. The youngest victim from the Walmart shooting last summer was a 15 year-old student at Clint ISD. view article arw

Former Waco ISD Superintendent Dr. Marcus Nelson is speaking out for the first time since his arrest and resignation from Waco ISD. Nelson spoke to a crowd of hundreds after being honored with the Outstanding Public Service Award at the Central Texas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Banquet. He was met with a standing ovation from the audience. view article arw

BELTON — The Belton Independent School District’s next superintendent may be on duty sometime in March.  The school board, during a special meeting Monday, set a timeline for its hunt for the district’s next leader. They are aiming to have a replacement for Susan Kincannon — now the Waco ISD superintendent — working in Belton ISD by March 16. view article arw

Red Oak ISD Board of Trustees has chosen Brenda Sanford, Director of Curriculum, Accountability, and Assessment of Canton ISD, as Lone Finalist for Red Oak ISD Superintendent of Schools. Details and updates will continue to appear on our search page as things progress.  read more arw

Devine ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. to conduct a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress. read more arw

A new superintendent will take charge of the Red Oak Independent School District in a matter of weeks. Canton Independent School District’s Director of Curriculum and Assessment Brenda Sanford was announced as the lone finalist for the job, Sept. 30. The Red Oak School Board believes Sanford’s years of experience in education make her well qualified for the position. She has reportedly been with Canton ISD since 2001 as a teacher and campus administrator before joining the curriculum department in 2014. view article arw

Robin Battershell lowered herself onto a rug with red, orange, green, blue and violet stripes. view article arw

The Marlin Independent School District spent almost $68,000 to remove former superintendent Michael Seabolt from his position, including hiring an investigator and a large, Austin-based law firm to dig into Seabolt’s duties and performance, and paying Seabolt while he was placed on leave.  The inquiry may have uncovered enough reasons to terminate Seabolt’s contract, which would have ended in February 2023. Seabolt resigned Aug. 8, saying he wished to end a “costly termination process” in “which he is certain he will not be provided due process of law,” according to his resignation letter. view article arw

Learning about in loco parentis

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Have you ever heard the term “In loco parentis”? It literally translates to “in the place of the parent.” The term describes the partnership between the home and the school. “In loco parentis” refers to not only the rights that a school district has to educate a child, along with the discipline that may sometimes come along with that but also the responsibilities that a school has to care for the child while in their care. I​n 1769, Sir William Blackstone coined this phrase to describe the shared responsibility between the parents and the schools to educate, train, discipline and care for, the child while in their proprietorship. Since attendance at school is mandated by law under compulsory attendance, the parent is essentially delegating and sharing their authority with the school. Blackstone referred to the schoolmasters who were often the sole individuals responsible for the education of children. The thought is that while schools assume the “custody” of the child, the student is therefore deprived of the protection offered by the parent. view article arw

Clarendon ISD 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

Brady ISD 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

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

Harlandale ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire Sanchez & Wilson, PLLC to conduct a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress. read more arw

Details and updates of Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD will appear on our TexasISD.com search page. read more arw

The La Vernia Independent School District will continue “to review details” of allegations against district Superintendent Trent Lovette, although one allegation has been “ruled out.” Following a closed session lasting almost an hour and a half at a special meeting Sept. 30, school board President Cynthia Buerkle read a statement from the trustees. view article arw

Decatur ISD narrows field to six

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Decatur ISD trustees will start interviewing candidates to become the district’s next superintendent Monday. Trustees will interview three on Monday and three more on Wednesday. Trustees spent approximately five hours Monday in closed session, whittling the field of 35 applicants down to the six who will be interviewed. view article arw

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist earned a $25,000 bonus for her retirement savings plan based on the passing grade she received on her annual evaluation Monday night.  School board members met in executive session for more than four hours during a special meeting to complete the final steps of the revamped evaluation process for the previous school year. Last week, they filled out individual assessments of the superintendent’s fourth-year job performance as required by an evaluation instrument approved two years ago. view article arw

The superintendent of La Vernia Independent School District, who remains under investigation on a complaint that he inappropriately touched a female student, is taking an indefinite leave of absence. Trent Lovette cited medical reasons in announcing his departure Monday at a special board meeting. The board appointed Toni Riester-Wood, the district’s associate superintendent of academic services, as interim superintendent.  Lovette was accused of sliding his hand back and forth across a student’s lower back during an Aug. 30 high school football game, view article arw

Lewisville ISD Superintendent Dr. Kevin Rogers has been named one of 16 recipients of the University Council for Educational Administration’s 2019 Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. The award is an annual recognition for school administrators who have made significant contributions to the improvement of administrator preparation, according to a news release from Lewisville ISD. The University of North Texas, a member university of UCEA, nominated Rogers. view article arw

 White Oak 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

In a 4-3 split vote, the Kingsville Independent School District Board of Trustees named assistant superintendent Kamara Adams as the district’s interim superintendent during a special meeting held at noon Friday. Adams will fill the vacancy left following the resignation of KISD Superintendent Elida Bera, who ended her tenure with the district on Monday after serving in the role for less than 10 months. view article arw