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

School board President Michael Vargas might be locked into his position for a while. Tonight, school board members will consider a proposal to limit board reorganizations to the month of May. The proposal comes as board members Angel Mendez and Mary Lou Garcia continue to call for Vargas’ removal as president as a result of concerns stemming from his arrest last month on a drunken driving charge. view article arw

This year, Klein ISD has a new superintendent, who is the first woman to ever lead the district. Dr. Jenny McGown has served in the district for 17 years, starting as a teacher. "I've physically left the classroom, but I've never left it emotionally because I think that place is where all the magic happens for students," Dr. McGown said. view article arw

Five public school administrators from across Texas were selected as state finalists for the annual Superintendent of the Year award. Sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards, the SOTY program has recognized exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership since 1984. The 2019 finalists are Charles Dupre, Fort Bend ISD, Region 4; Walter Jackson, Brenham ISD, Region 6; Tylor Chaplin, Burkburnett ISD, Region 9; Bruce Gearing, Dripping Springs ISD, Region 13; and Keith Bryant, Lubbock-Cooper ISD, Region 17. view article arw

Waco Independent School District officially has its new superintendent. The Waco ISD board hired Dr. Susan Kincannon after considering her contract at special board meeting Thursday. view article arw

WACO, TX — The Waco Independent School District Board of Trustees has voted to hire former Belton ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon .  Dr. Kincannon was named the lone finalist by the board in early August.  During Thursday's board meeting, she received the votes needed to win the almost $250,000-a-year contract to lead Waco schools.  However, that didn't stop parents from expressing concern. view article arw

It was just over a year ago that Curtis Null, an educator turned administrator, was selected to fill Conroe Independent School District’s vacant Superintendent position after Don Stockton retired in June 2018. Settling into the role after nearly 20 years of experience in education, Null now sat down with The Villager to reflect on his first year as superintendent. view article arw

The Mineola ISD Board of Trustees created a committee during a special called meeting Tuesday to begin searching for an interim superintendent. The committee consists of board president Dr. John Abbott and members Jill Quiambao and Glen Dossett. Abbott said the district's legal counsel advised that the board must wait 10 days before making a decision, but can review applications in the meantime. view article arw

The following is a press release from Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District. Five public school administrators from across Texas, including Lubbock-Cooper ISD Superintendent Keith Bryant, were selected as state finalists for the annual Superintendent of the Year (SOTY) award. Sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the SOTY program has recognized exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership since 1984.  view article arw

Region 13 Press Release

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The Thompson Executive Leadership Institute in Austin, Texas has announced that David Hedges, Superintendent at Petrolia Consolidated ISD, is the recipient of a scholarship to attend the 27 th annual Superintendent Academy, a nationally known advanced leadership development program for school superintendents. The twenty-five superintendents in the 2019-2020 Academy were chosen from a list of nominees from Texas and surrounding states. The Thompson Executive Leadership Institute is a nationally known learning center of academies and advanced leadership training systems. The goal of the institute is for school executives to come together to test ideas, discover new concepts and information, build networks, and engage in face to face interactions with session leaders and each other. view article arw

MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — A KXAN Investigation into the sudden resignation of Manor Independent School District continues. As of now, Royce Avery is finishing out his contract, which ends in June. But on the day he announced he was leaving, his wife tweeted: “He’s not really retiring, he’s being forced out by the MISD school board.They are not a team of eight, but instead a team of hate.” view article arw

Most Waco Independent School District trustees still plan to hire Belton ISD Superintendent Susan Kincannon as the district’s new leader Thursday night, despite concerns by two trustees over her ability to lead a much more diverse district.  The board of trustees voted 5-1, with trustee Stephanie Korteweg absent and trustee Norman Manning dissenting, on Aug. 7 to name Kincannon as the lone finalist for the open superintendent position. view article arw

A divided Manor school board on Wednesday voted to keep the district’s embattled superintendent, who has been the subject of closed-door meetings for months.  The board voted 4-3 to have Manor Superintendent Royce Avery continue his contract through June. The decision comes at a time when the Texas Education Agency is reviewing complaints after some district officials alleged the school board president conspired with two employees and other board members to discredit and oust Avery.  The board also voted on a motion to suspend him without pay until the end of his contract, which failed 3-4.  Avery said Wednesday he was “very pleased to have an opportunity” to continue leading the school district. He had announced at a previous board meeting that he would retire at the end of the school year, but later said he had a change of heart and would stay on if the board decided to keep him.   view article arw

Keith Bryant, the Lubbock-Cooper ISD Superintendent, has been selected as a finalist for the Superintendent of the Year award.  Bryant is one of five school administrators across the state to be selected for this award. The other finalists include Charles Dupre of Fort Bend ISD, Walter Jackson of Brenham ISD, Tylor Chaplin of Burkburnett ISD and Bruce Gearing of Dripping Springs ISD.   view article arw

A familiar maxim holds that the one thing a school board must get right is selecting a new superintendent. That would seem doubly so in replacing Marcus Nelson, a popular, inspirational, bilingual, African-American superintendent whose all-too-brief tenure at Waco Independent School District was undone when a state trooper arrested him for a small amount of marijuana. Before the board and superintendent parted ways, the question of whether Nelson should stay on despite the arrest deeply divided our community. view article arw

Belton Independent School District trustees voted unanimously Monday evening to officially hire former Temple schools superintendent Robin Battershell as the district’s interim superintendent. Battershell, who retired from Temple ISD in 2018, was hired during a special board meeting. Earlier in the day, she visited Belton schools and learned about the district’s needs. view article arw

Five public school administrators from across Texas were selected as state finalists for the annual Superintendent of the Year (SOTY) award. Sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the SOTY program has recognized exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership since 1984. view article arw

Incoming Leander ISD Superintendent Bruce Gearing is one of five finalists nominated for the 2019 State Superintendent of the Year Award, according to a press release from the Texas Association of School Boards. view article arw

“We are extremely proud of Dr. Dupre on earning recognition as a 2019 TASB Superintendent of the Year Finalist,” said Jason Burdine, FBISD Board President. “This honor speaks highly of his capabilities, passion and drive in leading one of the largest public school districts in the state.” Dr. Dupre represents Region 4 as a 2019 finalist. Other finalists are Walter Jackson, Brenham ISD, Region 6; Tylor Chaplin, Burkburnett ISD, Region 9; Bruce Gearing, Dripping Springs ISD, Region 13; and Keith Bryant, Lubbock-Cooper ISD, Region 17.  view article arw

The Mineola Independent School District ("MISD" or "District") and Dr. Kim Tunnell ("Superintendent" or "Tunnell") wish to resolve any disputes between the parties in a mutually satisfactory and beneficial manner. They voluntarily execute this Full and Final Resignation and Separation Agreement ("Agreement") with the express intention of settling and extinguishing all obligations, demands, claims, causes of action, and liability of whatever nature arising from Superintendent's employment with, resignation, and separation from MISD. This Agreement is entered into on behalf of MISD, its trustees, officers, employees, agents, attorneys, heirs, and successors, and Tunnell, her agents, attorneys, affiliates, heirs, and successors view article arw

 It's a year of new beginnings at Harlandale ISD. Not only is it the first day of school for students, but it's a fresh start for the district with a new interim superintendent. view article arw

Just before students returned to class this week, Dripping Springs ISD elected leadership tabbed a longtime administrator to guide the district on an interim basis.Nola Wellman, who had served as the Eanes ISD superintendent from 2004 to 2014, was named as the interim DSISD superintendent by board trustees in an Aug. 19 special called meeting, according to a press release. Wellman will serve in an interim role until a permanent superintendent is found at a later date. Wellman will bridge the gap left by Bruce Gearing, who will leave DSISD at the end of August to assume his new position with Leander ISD.  Since her retirement following her tenure at Eanes ISD, Wellman has worked as a consultant with several companies providing services related to education. view article arw

(Austin)—Five public school administrators from across Texas were selected as state finalists for the annual Superintendent of the Year (SOTY) award. Sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the SOTY program has recognized exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership since 1984. The 2019 finalists are: read more arw

Wichita Falls ISD trustees worked their way through sometimes contentious public discussions to approve raises for all district staff this year. Trustees granted the last raise -- over $10,000 for the superintendent -- in open session after scant talk late one evening.  WFISD Board members approved a 5% annual pay hike for Superintendent Michael Kuhrt in a 6-1 vote about 10 p.m. Aug. 19, their final action in a regular meeting with a full agenda, according to video posted on wfisd.net.  Trustees discussed the wording of a motion to amend his employment contract but not why they settled on a 5% increase to the annual base pay -- $213,442 before the raise -- of the district's top employee. view article arw

The Mineola Independent School District board of trustees stunned community members Thursday night at a specially called meeting to approve a release and separation agreement with Superintendent Dr. Kim Tunnell.  The board posted the meeting’s agenda Monday night, but would not respond to questions from community members asking for public input or information about who had requested the meeting.  Parent Angie Ruffin was asked to leave the meeting for interrupting after pressing the board for answers on what was behind the district’s decision.  Board President Dr. John Abbott would not comment on whether the board had asked Tunnell to submit her resignation, after reading a letter to the board dated Thursday. view article arw

EL PASO, TX (CBS4)- — Oscar Troncoso is kicking off his first year as superintendent of the Anthony Independent School District. Students returned to class August 12th for the 2019-2020 school year.  Superintendent Troncoso is proud that he begins his tenure with an 8% pay raise for educators, thanks to House Bill 3 and funding from the Anthony school board.  Anthony ISD is launching several new programs this year. All teachers and support staff have been trained in the Mental Health First Aid for Youth program.  "That helps us be able to identify and support anything from anxiety, to depression, to anything that is causing some sort of distress, eating disorders. We are able to ask the right questions and provide support for that student and their families," Superintendent Troncoso explained about the mental health program. view article arw

Newly released documents related to Mineola ISD Superintendent Dr. Kim Tunnell shed some light on her sudden resignation, which shocked the community on Thursday night. Dozens of community members packed the Mineola ISD board room on Thursday for a special called meeting regarding a separation agreement between the district and its superintendent.  As the board voted to approve Tunnell’s resignation, community members demanded answers but were given none. The board refused to comment on the situation. view article arw

MINEOLA, Texas (KLTV) - The superintendent of schools in Mineola submitted her letter resignation on Thursday night. Dr. Kim Tunnell joined Mineola ISD in 2015 as superintendent. She was absent from Thursday night’s meeting.  The school board met in executive session at 7 p.m. On the agenda was for executive session was “Separation and release between district and superintendent.” The whole agenda may be viewed at this link. It was unclear whether the superintendent was asked to submit the letter of resignation. view article arw

The Italy Independent School District kicked off the school year on Monday with a new mission, vision and motto.  This Collaborative Vision Plan 2019 – 2024 “is the result of the work of the superintendent and approximately 20 individuals participating on the collaborative vision design team,” according to a recent press release.  The plan is also a sign of changes being made within the district since long-time educator Dr. Michelle Schwind took over as superintendent earlier this year, replacing Lee Joffre, who held the position for a little over two years. view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Interim HISD superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan expressed her thoughts about Mayor Sylvester Turner refusing to support the HISD board.  When asked how she plans to gain support from the mayor, who has been critical of HISD's board of trustees for months, Lathan said that HISD is moving in the "right direction." view article arw

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

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

Belton Independent School District announced Dr. Robin Battershell as its new interim superintendent Monday evening. Battershell will fill in as the district looks to replace Dr. Susan Kincannon, who was announced as the sole finalist in Waco ISD's search for a new superintendent. The WISD school board is scheduled to consider Kincannon's contract Aug. 29. view article arw

Fort Worth Superintendent discusses new schedule and goals for this school year.  view article arw

The Dallas Independent School District is kicking off the new school year on a note of encouragement. The district showed signs of improvement in its latest rating from the Texas Education Agency, which was just released ahead of the first day of school. Dallas ISD received an overall grade of "B" — which is the same letter grade it received a year ago. view article arw