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Keller has served as the commissioner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board since 2019. view article arw

ROGERS, Texas (KXXV) — Duana Brashear is the new superintendent of Rogers ISD. She's been in education for 20 years spending time at Splendora, Lexington, and Cameron — she tells me she comes from a family of educators, but she's the only one to go on the administration side. Her mentor, Rick Kershner, allowed her to follow him to Royal ISD. "And that was my first stint in central administration got to be an assistant superintendent under Rick Kershner in Royal, amazing district, amazing kids, his leadership made me who I am today," Brashear said. She has decorated B's on her wall from students and staff of her past. It's motivation now as she works in her office. She tells me Rogers ISD is filled with less than 900 kids. Teachers and staff, their reputation is filled with excellence. Small and diverse, that’s what attracted her to the position. "I'm not coming to change anything I'm coming to be a part of greatness," Brashear. said view article arw

The Graham ISD Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of Superintendent Sonny Cruse during a special-called meeting Tuesday. Cruse’s resignation will be effective at the end of December. “After careful consideration and reflection, I have decided to step down from my role to pursue other opportunities,” Cruse said in his resignation letter.Cruse left his position as deputy superintendent at Huntsville ISD and was named the lone finalist for the GISD superintendent position in July 2015. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as superintendent of Graham ISD. Over the past nine years, I have had the opportunity to work alongside dedicated educators, staff members, parents and students who are committed to the success and well-being of our school community,” Cruse said. “Together, we have accomplished many milestones and made significant strides in advancing the educational goals and objectives of the district.” view article arw

Vikki Curry was unanimously named as the district’s top candidate, following an executive session at a special board meeting on Monday. Curry has 30 years of experience in education and is currently serving as the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning at Galveston ISD, a post she has held since July 2021. In that role, she has overseen the development and delivery of curriculum and instruction, monitored and evaluated instructional programs, and actively helped develop campus improvement plans. Prior to Curry’s existing position, she served in Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and as a principal. She was also an assistant principal in Spring ISD and a teacher in Galveston ISD. A total of 38 candidates were considered for the position. Burton School Board President Jeff Harmel said Curry “stood out as both an exceptional administrator, and as the best fit for Burton ISD in regard to experience and skill.” view article arw

On Tuesday, Longview ISD named the lone finalist for its superintendent position. During a special board meeting, trustees approved Dr. Marla Sheppard as the top candidate for the role. Sheppard was most recently the Deputy Chief of Academic Achievement for KIPP Texas. view article arw

The Longview ISD Board of Trustees has announced Dr. Marla Sheppard as the lone finalist for the position of Superintendent, during a special meeting on Tuesday, May 21. Dr. Marla Sheppard brings extensive knowledge of public education and 29 years of experience. Dr. Sheppard is currently serving as Deputy Chief of Academic Achievement for KIPP Texas Public Schools where she has worked since 2021. view article arw

School board members voted to place Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen on paid administrative leave without discussion Tuesday night after a Title IX investigation found her husband, a school employee, guilty of sexual harassment. The Humble ISD school board unceremoniously ousted its superintendent, Elizabeth Fagen, in a 4-2 vote Tuesday night after a Title IX report released last month found her husband, a longtime athletic director in the district, created a hostile and sexually inappropriate work environment. view article arw

HISD's appointed Superintendent Mike Miles and leaders of his former charter network, Third Future Schools, are vehemently denying reports that the network illegally used money from its Texas campuses to subsidize its schools in Colorado. Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath also said Friday that he had referred the issue to the Texas Education Agency's complaint team, but that initial reports did not show evidence of wrongdoing. view article arw

Humble ISD trustees placed Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen on paid administrative leave Tuesday in a split vote, just a month after details surfaced of a costly Title IX investigation involving her husband, who recently resigned as the district's athletic director. The board voted 4-2 to approve putting Fagen on leave, with trustee Marques Holmes abstaining. Once she left the room, the board voted 6-0 to name Deputy Superintendent Roger Brown as interim superintendent. The board did not discuss the motion to place Fagen on leave or the decision to tap Brown as the interim, but, after the meeting, the board president said Fagen was placed on leave due to "a personnel matter." Trustee Robert Sitton, who voted against the motion, expressed frustration. view article arw

Humble ISD trustees placed Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen on paid administrative leave Tuesday, the latest development in an increasingly rocky relationship between the district’s top leaders. Four of the district’s seven board members voted to place Fagen on leave during a tense meeting, with none of the trustees offering a reason for the leave or how long it will last. Board President Robert Scarfo declined to comment following the meeting, calling the vote a “personnel matter.” view article arw

Once the regular meeting begins, the board will canvass the results of the May 4th election, and new trustees Ande "Arch" Bostain and Mike Clyde will receive the oath of office. The board will then name its new officers. Following that, board members will consider amending local policy regarding locally provided leave and adding a policy pertaining to the offering of professional non-certified contracts to positions of importance who do not qualify for regular Chapter 21 contracts. Trustees will then go into executive session to consult with an attorney and to discuss personnel, safety and security, and real property. The board will meet again on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Burton ISD Central Office, where it will hold interviews in executive session for candidates who have applied to the district's superintendent position. Former superintendent Dr. Edna Kennedy retired in March. The board is working with Powell Law Group to conduct the search for a new superintendent. According to the timeline provided by the district for the superintendent hiring process, May 13-17 is designated for the second round of interviews, with May 17th slated as the day to name a lone finalist. The preferred start date for the selected candidate is listed as June 10th. view article arw

Following in the footsteps of librarians, educational specialists, teachers, and principals, custodians are the latest workforce group staring down district-wide layoffs courtesy of superintendent Mike Miles. view article arw

Inside the Mission Event Center, students from across the three high school campuses donned their school colors, ready to perform for guests inside the lobby corridor. Sharyland ISD school board member Dr. Noe Oliveira served as the opening speaker. “It’s an incredibly, what we call, a sad, happy day,” he said while addressing staff, students, and parents in attendance. Oliveira recounted when Vidaurri first joined Sharyland ISD after she’d been selected out of six finalists. “We have to narrow it down from all the applicants to six…and an alternate” Oliveira said. “Her first interview, she came out…and told us everything about the district…We learned a lot from her in that meeting. It was fantastic.” He continued, stating Vidaurri made it as a lone finalist, becoming superintendent after 21 days of selection. “We picked the best one that day,” Oliveira said. view article arw

The leaders of Houston’s largest teachers union approved a resolution of no confidence in Houston ISD’s Superintendent Mike Miles on Tuesday, in a strong but ultimately symbolic rebuke of the state-appointed superintendent’s leadership. The union’s resolution calls for Miles’ removal as superintendent and lays out numerous grievances that have surfaced repeatedly over the course of his 11-month tenure. It now heads to the Houston Federation of Teachers’ 6,000-plus members for ratification, with results of the vote expected next week. “The takeover of Houston ISD, the largest school district in Texas and the eighth largest district in the country, is a politically motivated, irresponsible experiment that is worsening inequities and disenfranchising Houston voters,” the resolution begins. “Houston ISD teachers and support staff have come together now to call for a vote of no confidence in state-installed superintendent Mike Miles.” view article arw

Tenaha Independent School District announced the selectionof Jerrod Campbell as its next superintendent. A customary 21-day waiting period will be undertaken, after which Campbell will begin work on June 3, 2025, the district said. view article arw

The Sherman Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to approve a voluntary separation agreement with suspended Superintendent Dr. Tyson Bennett in a special meeting Wednesday morning. Terms of the agreement have not been made public. The board voted to suspend Bennett for controversial decisions he made for the Sherman High School theater program when he enforced a new rule that roles cast in the musical Oklahoma! must match the student’s sex at birth, causing many students, including a transgender male, to lose their parts in the play. view article arw

The Pflugerville ISD board of trustees approved a contract to hire Quintin Shepherd as superintendent during a special board meeting April 29. Shepherd will officially start in the role May 28, per district representatives. How we got here Steve Flores has served as interim superintendent since December, following the resignation of former six-year superintendent Douglas Killian. Killian announced his resignation after being named the lone finalist to serve as superintendent of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. view article arw

Southlake Carroll will begin searching for a new superintendent by the end of the year. On Friday evening, Carroll ISD superintendent Dr. Lane Ledbetter announced that he was planning to retire from his position by the end of the year. A class of 1989 graduate and the son of Carroll coach and athletic director Bob Ledbetter, Dr. Ledbetter previously served as head superintendent for Graham ISD and Midlothian ISD prior to joining Carroll in Jan. 2021. "This decision was not made lightly, but after considerable thought, my wife and I firmly believe that now is the right time for me to transition into retirement while seeking new opportunities to continue contributing to the field of education," Dr. Ledbetter says via email. "I want to express my deepest gratitude to each member of the board, our faculty and staff, as well as the entire Dragon community. Serving Carroll ISD, a district that holds a special place in my heart as my alma mater, has been an honor, and I will forever cherish the opportunity to give back to the community that has done so much for me and my family." view article arw

HUTTO, Texas — After just seven months on the job, Hutto ISD's superintendent has resigned. Dr. Raúl Peña was named the lone finalist for the role in August 2023 before taking over in September. Peña replaced former superintendent Dr. Celina Estrada Thomas, who retired in May 2023. During the April 25 board meeting, the district accepted Peña's resignation. He explained his decision to step down, stating a family medical emergency as the reason. view article arw

Carroll ISD Superintendent Lane Ledbetter is retiring in December after four years in the role. The school board reviewed his voluntary retirement agreement at its meeting Monday. The school board reviewed his voluntary retirement agreement at its meeting Monday. view article arw

The Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint James Hockenberry as superintendent during a special meeting Monday. The vote followed the state’s 21-day mandatory waiting period after the board named him publicly as the lone candidate April 8. Hockenberry will officially begin work Wednesday, about one month earlier than originally projected. “He’s getting a head start by coming to us on May 1,” said board chair Kristi Gay. “It’s valuable to us because he’s going to see our campuses with the kids there, with all the teachers there, with our janitor and maintenance staff … He will get a much better feel for the district by having the chance to see us in operation.” view article arw

Dr. Raul Peña recently wrote a letter to the Hutto Board of Trustees explaining his reason for stepping down after just seven months on the job. view article arw

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The Hutto Independent School District accepted the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Raúl Peña Thursday. His resignation comes less than a year after he stepped into the role.  The ISD Board of Trustees sent a letter to staff Thursday notifying them of the change and said it named Dr. Cara Malone as the Acting Superintendent. Peña served in the position for seven months.  Malone joined Hutto ISD in the Fall of 2022 as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. According to the board’s letter, she has “championed revolutionary methods of creating career pathways for future teachers and earned statewide attention for her Teacher Apprenticeship Program.” view article arw

The Del Valle school board on Monday named Jonathan Harris as the district's acting chief administrator after Superintendent Annette Tielle announced in February she'd retire later this year. Harris is the district's chief compliance, governmental and community relations officer and executive director of curriculum and instruction. As interim superintendent, Harris will take the helm of the 11,000-student district as it rolls out its $300 million bond to build a second high school and new career and technical programs. view article arw

Dr. Raul Pena became the district's superintendent in September 2023. view article arw

Seven months after he was hired to lead HISD as its next superintendent, Peña tendered his resignation to the board, which was accepted during an April 25 meeting. The board named Cara Malone, assistant superintendent of human services, to serve as interim superintendent as the district begins the search for new permanent leadership. view article arw

After 39 years in education, and 10 years as a superintendent, Darrell Evans, Dew ISD Superintendent of Schools, informed the Board of Trustees of his plans to retire at the end of this school year. Mr. Evans has been Dew ISD Superintendent for the past 9 years. Before coming to Dew, he served as Superintendent at Bosqueville ISD. view article arw

Sharyland, TX – On Friday, April 19, 2024, Sharyland ISD welcomed a new chapter in its history with the introduction of Dr. Elaine Howard, the incoming superintendent. The event, hosted by Superintendent Dr. Maria M. Vidaurri and the Sharyland ISD Board of Trustees, provided an opportunity for Texas Border Business and community members to engage in meaningful dialogue with Dr. Howard. Getting to Know Dr. Elaine Howard Originally from Albuquerque and a longtime resident of San Antonio, Dr. Howard brings over 17 years of educational experience to Sharyland ISD. “This feels like coming home,” she shared, emphasizing her connection to the community despite being new to the Rio Grande Valley. With a robust background in educational leadership, including a tenure as deputy superintendent at Bernie ISD, Dr. Howard is ready to tackle the challenges of her new role. view article arw

At a special meeting on Monday, April 22, the Royse City ISD School Board approved by unanimous vote the naming of Dr. Amy Anderson as the lone finalist in the superintendent search. Dr. Anderson has served as the interim superintendent since the retirement of longtime superintendent Kevin Worthy in December. She first joined Royse City ISD in the Summer of 2022 as chief academic officer and was later promoted to deputy superintendent. Texas state law requires school districts to implement a 21-day waiting period before an official contract may be offered. Dr. Anderson is scheduled to sign her contract on Monday, May 13. view article arw

The board unanimously approved hiring Dr. Joy Wilson as the new superintendent and approving the superintendent contract. The meeting adjourned amid applause for the new superintendent. Wilson signed the contract after the meeting ended and then stayed for multiple photographs, including one with Audrey Rayford, who was Wilson’s Head Start teacher in Bonham many years ago. read more arw

The future of Sherman ISD Superintendent Dr. Tyson Bennett’s job is on the agenda for the district’s April 26th Board of Trustees meeting. In the meeting, the board will discuss and possibly take action on a proposal to terminate Bennett’s contract. On March 8th, the board voted unanimously to suspend Bennett with pay as part of an ongoing investigation into decisions made about the Sherman High School theatre program. view article arw

A total of 89 top school administrators take home salaries of $300,000 or more.  Last school year, 77 superintendents received taxpayer-funded salaries above $300,000, with five making $400,000 or more.  During the 2021-22 school year, 60 superintendents scored salaries at or above $300,000. view article arw

During its April 15 meeting, the Magnolia ISD board of trustees approved naming Jason Bullock as the lone superintendent finalist, according to an April 16 news release. The details Bullock will replace outgoing Superintendent Todd Stephens, who announced his retirement in late March after serving since 2009. “I am incredibly honored to be chosen as [the] lone finalist for the superintendent position here in Magnolia ISD,” Bullock said via news release. “This is a special community filled with great people. I look forward to continuing to work with our board as we strive to be the best district in the state of Texas.” view article arw

Dr. Casey Whittle is the lone finalist for the position of Whitehouse ISD superintendent, the Whitehouse ISD board of trustees announced Monday.  This comes after former Whitehouse ISD Superintendent Dr. Christopher Moran headed to West Texas in January to serve as superintendent of San Angelo ISD. The move was announced in November about Moran, who was with the school district for eight years.  “He left us in really good shape,” Whitehouse ISD Board President Dr. Todd Raabe said. “He did a wonderful job for us, so we were able to attract a number of really qualified applicants.” view article arw

KERMIT, Texas (KMID/KPEJ) – According to the school district’s Facebook post on Monday, April 15th, ‘Kermit Independent School District is pleased to announce the selection of our Interim Superintendent, Dr. Rodney Schneider.’ In March, the former Superintendent, Dr. Joe Lopez was announced as the lone finalist for Superintendent of Greenville ISD. Per the district, ‘Dr. Schneider has over 34 years of experience in Education. Over twenty of those years were spent in the role of Superintendent. He has many years of experience leading districts similar to Kermit ISD. He has a proven track record of improving educational outcomes, leading his last school district, Dublin to an “A” rating.’ view article arw