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Poth High School Principal Todd Deaver has been selected as the lone finalist in Stockdale ISD’s superintendent search; he’s the third individual selected by the district in its search for a new superintendent. COURTESY/Poth ISDThe Stockdale Independent School District (ISD) has named another lone finalist — the third since April — in its rough road to find a new superintendent. Stockdale ISD board...     (30) view article arw

Dr. Marco Antonio Lara, Jr., Superintendent of the South Texas Independent School District has been selected as the Region One 2022 Regional Superintendent of the Year. As a regional winner, Dr. Lara will represent the Region One area in the statewide Superintendent of the Year Award Program. Under the direction of the Texas Association of School Boards, the Superintendent of the Year Program recognizes exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership. Dr. Lara has served the South Texas ISD community for the past four years and in that time, according to Douglas E. Buchanan President of the South Texas ISD Board of Directors, change has been a constant and positive force at STISD. view article arw

The Region 4 Education Service Center (Region 4) Board of Directors, in their meeting today, unanimously approved Dr. Rodney E. Watson as the new executive director. Watson will succeed Pam Wells, Ed.D, who will retire after ten years serving as executive director of Region 4. Watson joins Region 4 from the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), where he served as the deputy executive director/chief of staff. His main responsibilities include leading several key departments, overseeing key TASB initiatives, and leading large cross-functional projects to provide support to school districts across the state. Prior to working at TASB, from 2014-2021, Watson served as superintendent of schools for Spring Independent School District (Spring ISD), a district of more than 33,000 students. view article arw

WILLS POINT, Texas (KLTV) - Dr. Scott Caloss, superintendent of Wills Point ISD, has announced he will take a position with Medina Valley ISD.  Caloss announced Thursday that he is the lone finalist for the superintendent position at Medina Valley ISD. Caloss has served as the superintendent in Wills Point ISD for the last six years. The school district said that during that time, the district has accomplished many things, including 1-1 Technology for every student, the implementation of the WPISD Police Department, the addition of campus Instructional Coaches, overseeing $6.8 million dollars in maintenance repairs, and was a key contributor to the creation of the Wills Point Education Foundation.    (30) view article arw

Seven former athletes, coaches and administrators will be inducted into the Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame as part of its 2022 class, the district announced Tuesday. Retiring Dallas ISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa, former Skyline football coach Reginald Samples, North Dallas alum Kevin Murray, Wilmer Hutchins graduate Spud Webb, former Dallas ISD coach and athletic coordinator Elsie Moreno, former South Oak Cliff football coach Norman Jett and Olympic swimming gold medalist Jerry Heidenreich — a Hillcrest alum — will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a virtual ceremony on Dec. 5. view article arw

Snook ISD has officially named their new superintendent. After the 21-day waiting period lone finalist Megan Pape was announced as the district’s superintendent. Paper will be replacing Brenda Krchnak, who announced she’s retiring for the position. view article arw

Superintendent Doug Williams has been named the Region 10 Superintendent of the Year. Mr. Williams was surprised by the announcement at the annual Region 10 Superintendents’ Awards Banquet this evening. “We are blessed to have the best Superintendent in Texas as our own, right here in Sunnyvale,“ SISD Board of Trustees President Brad Cravens said. “Mr. Williams deserves this honor not only for his excellent stewardship and management of Sunnyvale ISD, but for his advocacy for all Texas students.” As the Region 10 Superintendent of the Year, Mr. Williams represents over 130 school districts, charters and private schools in 10 North Texas counties. 880,000 students, 112,000 school staff (of which 58,000 are teachers) are a part of the Region 10 service area. Mr. Williams has successfully led Sunnyvale ISD as its superintendent since 2007. During his tenure at Sunnyvale, Mr. Williams has stewarded the district through the most dynamic and significant changes in its history.    (27) view article arw

SNOOK, Texas (KBTX) - Snook ISD has officially named their new superintendent. After the 21-day waiting period lone finalist Megan Pape was announced as the district’s superintendent. Paper will be replacing Brenda Krchnak, who announced she’s retiring for the position. view article arw

On June 23, the Dalhart ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire Jeff Byrd as the district’s new superintendent. Byrd most recently served as the superintendent in Vernon ISD.  Byrd will report to the district July 1, 2022. read more arw

After next Tuesday, Dallas ISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa will officially walk out of its headquarters on North Central Expressway and be done leading the state’s second-largest urban school district for good.  If you’ve been halfway following along with what has happened between the time Hinojosa announced in January he would resign and now, you might be confused. The original idea was that he’d stick around until December 31, acting as a consultant and “superintendent emeritus” to help his successor get his or her footing during what is a pretty delicate time for a school district emerging from pandemic learning.  “I could’ve finished my contract,” he told reporters at a press conference following his announcement. “But they [school board trustees] need to find someone who can keep this magic going for 10 years and 20 years. view article arw

Holly Lyon, who has served as interim superintendent of Goliad ISD since Stacy Ackley went on professional leave in March, was named the lone superintendent finalist by the school district’s board of trustees on June 2. The seven trustees unanimously selected Lyon to replace Ackley, who resigned in May. A special meeting of the board of trustees has been called for June 27 with the hiring of a superintendent on the agenda. Lyon was hired by Goliad ISD as its middle school principal in July. She was promoted to executive director of academic services in the middle of the school year. Prior to coming to Goliad ISD, Lyon worked three years for Stride K12, a company that provides online and blended education programs. As head of schools for Stride K12 in 2021, Lyon was contracted by Huntsville ISD to lead full-time virtual education for grades 3-12.    (27) view article arw

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - The Wichita Falls ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted Monday to name Dr. Donny Lee as the lone finalist for the next superintendent of the school district. Lee is coming to Wichita Falls from the Buna Independent School District, a 3A district in Buna, Texas. He has served as the superintendent in Buna since April 2019, and was superintendent in Oakwood ISD and a high school principal in Frankston ISD before that. WFISD officials said he earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Lamar University, where he also earned his master’s degree in educational administration. He also earned his bachelor’s degree in special education and kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin State University. view article arw

The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees showed its continued confidence in the district’s superintendent with a five-year contract extension and a 4% raise on Thursday. The board held a special meeting to evaluate Superintendent Matthew Gutierrez’s performance for the 2021-22 school year. Gutierrez’s contract extends through 2027 and his salary will increase from $230,000 to $239,200. “We have an evaluation tool, so we went through that and we had a lot of feedback provided to him on the indicators, most of those are addressing some of our goals in the strategic plan,” Seguin ISD School Board President Cinde Thomas-Jimenez said. “For the most part, we are very pleased with his performance over the last couple of years, considering COVID.” view article arw

The search for a new superintendent to head up Wills Point ISD is officially underway with news breaking last week that Dr. Scott Caloss would be leaving the district after being named the sole finalist for the same position at Medina Valley ISD. Caloss had been with Wills Point ISD for ... view article arw

San Antonio – When Marc Puig took the reins at South San ISD in 2020 following turmoil between the South San ISD Board and the former superintendent, he told KSAT he was ready to lead. “When adversity strikes, leadership has to see the opportunity and when adversity strikes, leadership has to be prepared to say, OK, what’s the opportunity? What do we need to start doing differently to still thrive in the face of the challenges that are here?” Puig said. On Tuesday, the board formally voted on a separation agreement between the district and Puig, and he agreed to resign. The district released the following statement to KSAT about Puig’s resignation:    (22) view article arw

WILLS POINT, Texas (KETK) — The Wills Point ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Thursday, June 23 to appoint Dr. Barbie McMath as Wills Point ISD Acting Superintendent until an interim superintendent is named.    (27) view article arw

Klein ISD's Jenny McGown has been named the 2022 Region 4 Superintendent of the Year, according to a June 15 new release from the Region 4 Education Service Center. According to a June 16 KISD news release, the KISD board of trustees voted unanimously in March to nominate McGown for this honor. McGown was selected from nearly 50 public school districts that make up Region 4's coverage area. "It is our board's great honor to learn that our outstanding Klein ISD superintendent, Dr. Jenny McGown, has been selected as the Region 4 Superintendent of the Year," KISD board President Ronnie Anderson said in a statement. "In my 13 years of serving as a Klein ISD trustee, I have not experienced a more spirited, dedicated and successful leader in public education than Dr. McGown. She is extraordinarily gifted, and we're fortunate to have her brilliant mind and caring heart protecting and enhancing our longstanding tradition of excellence and innovation in Klein ISD." view article arw

Superintendent Marc Puig’s resignation comes more than one month after the school board voted to terminate his contract. The district's board of trustees accepted Puig's "voluntary resignation" during a board meeting Tuesday night. Prior to the termination of his contract, Puig had been on paid administrative leave after a microphone caught an exchange between himself and Board President Ernest Arrellano Jr. Puig and Arrellano discussed hiring decisions, with some interpreting the exchange as a quid pro quo negotiation. view article arw

The Austin ISD Board of Trustees on June 13 named Chief Schools Officer Anthony Mays as interim superintendent, to take over when Stephanie Elizalde – who served as Dallas ISD's CSO before coming to Austin – returns to the Big D at month's end to take over that district. Elizalde in October 2020 hired Mays from Harris County; he began his career as a special education teacher in the Metroplex and worked his way up. He's the first Black educator to be appointed to AISD's top job. view article arw

ELSA, Texas (ValleyCentral) – Edcouch-Elsa ISD will decide whether or not to renew superintendent, Dr. Greg Rodriguez’s, contract. “The morale in the school district needs to be improved we get calls regularly from teachers and other employees that are scared, and obviously the morale is down,” said Fernando Torres, board trustee at Edcouch-Elsa ISD. “We ask that a climate survey be done prior to any discussion.” Torres along with Fernando Ybarra, a board trustee, confirmed Rodriguez has been written up twice. Additionally, Ybarra and Torres said the district recently received an F rating on their financial report under Rodriguez. view article arw

WILLS POINT, Texas (KLTV) - Dr. Scott Caloss, superintendent of Wills Point ISD, has announced he will take a position with Medina Valley ISD. Caloss announced Thursday that he is the lone finalist for the superintendent position at Medina Valley ISD. Caloss has served as the superintendent in Wills Point ISD for the last six years. The school district said that during that time, the district has accomplished many things, including 1-1 Technology for every student, the implementation of the WPISD Police Department, the addition of campus Instructional Coaches, overseeing $6.8 million dollars in maintenance repairs, and was a key contributor to the creation of the Wills Point Education Foundation.    (17) view article arw

West Oso ISD Superintendent Conrado Garcia will remain in his role until January 2026, further delaying his retirement, with plans to improve campus safety in the wake of the Uvalde mass killing. Garcia was set to retire this month, but in May he announced plans to delay his retirement until the end of 2022 after the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. view article arw

The Ganado Independent School District’s board of trustees is looking to hire a new superintendent after Erin Fasel, the district’s former superintendent, left the district effective May 31. Fasel's departure has left the rural district of about 741 students without a permanent superintendent since the beginning of June. The board appointed Sarah Woodring, the district’s director of curriculum and instruction, as acting superintendent at a meeting Monday afternoon. Fasel was hired by the board in May 2020, according to the district’s website. She called Ganado ISD a "great school district." view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Officials with the Region 16 Education Service Center announced Tuesday that Darryl Flusche, the superintendent for the Canyon Independent School District, was recently named the 2022 Region 16 Superintendent of the Year. According to a news release from Region 16, the Superintendent of the Year program, sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards, has recognized superintendents throughout the state since 1984. Flusche will represent Region 16 in the state’s program. view article arw

Daniel Fuller, Stockdale ISD superintendent since June 2017, has resigned. His resignation, tendered during the March 23 school board meeting, was approved by the trustees. He was selected in February as the lone finalist for the Sweeny ISD, south of Houston near the Texas coast. He started April 1. The school board approved District Programs and Testing Coordinator Roxanne Moczygemba to serve as interim superintendent as Stockdale ISD searches for Fuller’s replacement. view article arw

Henderson ISD Superintendent Thurston Lamb has been named the 2022 Regional Superintendent of the Year by the Region 7 Education Service Center. Lamb became Henderson ISD superintendent in 2019. “During his time with the district, Lamb has continued to build on the positive atmosphere, including the development and implementation of his Instructional Leadership Academy (ILA), a rigorous, one-year program designed for candidates to learn to develop and improve their leadership skills,” said Henderson ISD Trustee Harold Sentmore. “The program teaches participants how to develop relationships with peers, as well as supervisors, setting the foundation for success and leadership skill development in all areas.” view article arw

South Texas ISD Superintendent Marco Antonio Lara Jr. was named regional Superintendent of the Year and will represent Region One in the statewide awards program, Region One ESC said in a news release Monday. That program recognizes Texas superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership. “The South Texas ISD community should be extremely proud of Dr. Lara for receiving this honor; it is recognition not only for Dr. Lara as the district’s educational leader but for the South Texas ISD community, as well,” Region One Executive Director Daniel P. King wrote in the release. “Dr. Lara is a model educational leader who is worthy of this recognition. We are proud to have him represent our region in the State Superintendent of the Year program.” Lara has served STISD for the past four years. view article arw

After seven years of service to the Hillsboro Independent School District (HISD) community and 38 years in public education, Vicki Adams announced this week that she will retire after seven years as HISD superintendent. The Board of Trustees accepted her resignation letter during a meeting held Monday night, June 13.   The superintendent's last day will be August 1, but she will remain an employee of the school district until January 31, 2023, to assist with succession planning and the transition of leadership. view article arw

A familiar face may be returning to the Stockdale Independent School District. Following interviews April 19, 20, and 26 during special called meetings, the district’s board of trustees chose former Stockdale Superintendent Paul Darilek as the lone finalist to replace Daniel Fuller, according to Interim Superintendent Roxanne Moczygemba. Fuller tendered his resignation March 23 and joined the Sweeny ISD April 1. Darilek was Fuller’s predecessor, and served as Stockdale superintendent from 2010-2017. He left Stockdale to lead the Industrial ISD near Victoria. Trustees have offered Darilek the superintendent’s position. However, he now has to observe a statutory 21-day waiting period before he can accept. view article arw

United ISD Superintendent David H. Gonzalez went through his yearly evaluation this week and he received approval from it during the public comment portion of UISD’s monthly board meeting Tuesday. “I’m here tonight to express my support for Superintendent David H. Gonzalez on his evaluation,” David Perez said. “Over the past year Mr. Gonzalez has performed excellently. He has guided the district out of the worst view article arw

An interim superintendent for the Rio Hondo Independent School District has been named by the board of trustees. Raul Trevino is the district acting boss who is taking the seat vacated by Roger Ellis, who announced his retirement in May, citing health issues. Ellis will be on board until the end of August and will be taking sick leave, beginning July 1. Trevino has been the district assistant superintendent of academics since August 2018. Trevino was named interim superintendent after a lengthy closed-door session held during the Monday, June 6, board meeting. view article arw

Trustees with the Mercedes Independent School District voted Thursday to place district superintendent Carolyn Mendiola on paid administrative leave. The decision is effective immediately. The board of trustees voted on Mendiola’s leave after she was arrested last week on a charge of interference with public duties.  School board President Oscar Hernandez said the board made the decision on the advice of legal counsel, but didn’t provide further details. view article arw

SWEETWATER, Texas — The Sweetwater Independent School District Board of Trustees has named a lone finalist for the next Superintendent of schools. Dr. Deidre Parish is the current Superintendent of Darrouzett ISD and previously served as assistant superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction at Decatur ISD and director of Professional Learning at Frisco ISD, as well as adjunct professor for the University of North Texas, according to a social media post from Sweetwater ISD.    (16) view article arw

The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees today formally named Stephanie Elizalde as the district’s next superintendent. The vote followed a 21-day state-mandated waiting period after trustees named Elizalde as the lone finalist. Elizalde most recently served as the superintendent of the Austin Independent School District, serving more than 80,000 students and 12,000 employees. Prior to this role, Elizalde served as the chief of school leadership for Dallas ISD. A native Texan, Elizalde is a third-generation public school educator who has served students in various roles, including as teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and deputy chief.    (16) view article arw

Anthony Mays, the Austin school district's chief officer of schools, was selected to be the next interim superintendent on Tuesday.  Mays will start July 1 after the current Austin school district superintendent Stephanie S. Elizalde departs to become the superintendent of the Dallas school district. He will be the district's first Black male interim superintendent.  Mays spoke with the American-Statesman on Tuesday afternoon about why he applied, his plans to address the challenges the district is facing and a variety of other topics. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  would say my “why” centered around a focus for Austin ISD in closing some of the educational achievement gaps or even opportunity gaps that we see amongst our student groups. That's work that we've started, I would say, within the last couple of years, and we've been really, really focused on that. And so for me, it's about raising the academic achievement for all of our students and making sure that we have high outcomes for all of our students, and I look forward to continuing that work. view article arw