The superintendent of Aldine ISD and her top deputy announced Tuesday they will retire at the end of the current school year, just before seismic changes are scheduled to take effect in the sprawling district covering much of northeast Harris County.  Wanda Bamberg, who has been superintendent since 2007, said her departure will give the next superintendent more leeway to implement the changes made during her 11-year tenure.  The district is slated to open seven new schools in August 2018, and will also change the grade levels taught at elementary and middle school campuses. view article arw

Lexington Lone Finalist

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Oct 14 - Lexington ISD Board named Dr. Tonya Knowlton, HS Principal, Harleton ISD as Lone Finalist. read more arw

Arrow Educational Services, Inc. has been selected to assist the Texas Association of School Administrators in the search for an Executive Director to replace Dr. Johnny Veselka who is retiring in 2018.  read more arw

The new Dallas County Schools Board of Trustees president wants to nullify a retirement deal struck with the outgoing superintendent earlier this year.  Board President Gloria Levario said Tuesday the board will now look at whether it can cut ties with former Superintendent Rick Sorrells following a report by NBC 5 Investigates that revealed he had a personal relationship with a vendor involved in a DCS project that lost millions of dollars of taxpayer money. view article arw

Huntsville ISD parents, faculty and staff members were not shy Monday. They let representatives from DRV Executive Search Services know what they’re looking for in a new superintendent during a community input meeting at the Hawkins Administration Building.  According to the 50 or so people who attended Monday’s meeting, the district’s next leader must be fiscally responsible, supportive of teachers and be firm, fair and equitable with all students. Honesty and integrity are hugely important. The next superintendent should have a successful track record, too. view article arw

WOODSON, Texas - Woodson ISD has launched an investigation after last week's abrupt resignation of Superintendent Gordon Thomas.  Thomas submitted his resignation Friday, stating he was retiring effective immediately after calling “Woodson home for over 25 years.”  The Woodson ISD Board of Trustees accepted Thomas’ resignation at a special meeting Monday night. They appointed Danny Bellah interim superintendent. Bellah retired in 2011.  Woodson ISD Principal Casey Adams told KTXS he couldn't discuss the reasoning behind the investigation because it involves personnel matters.   view article arw

Former Woodson ISD Superintendent Gordon Thomas resigned Friday, and though district officials wouldn't say why Thomas quit, Danny Bellah was appointed interim superintendent at a special-called meeting Monday night.  But the board also had to swear in a new member remotely. Before Bellah could be appointed as interim superintendent, Brady Miller resigned to prevent any nepotism.  The school district, with about 160 students in Throckmorton County between Throckmorton and Breckenridge, was without a superintendent over the weekend after Thomas resigned Friday. view article arw

Danbury Schools will soon hire a new superintendent. Longtime school leader Dan Parent will retire by 2018 after overseeing district operations as superintendent since 2008. “I have truly enjoyed my 10-plus years here at Danbury,” Parent told the Register. “We have done a lot of positive things, and it has truly been a team effort with our amazing staff, parents, and kids.” view article arw

With the upcoming superintendent search on the minds of educators and parents in our community, I find myself thinking about leadership. I’ve been told I’m a good leader, but I don’t think so. For decades, my best friend Nan had a bumper sticker on each car she owned that sums up my own feelings perfectly: Reluctant leader, impatient follower. I spent most of my life in classrooms. Some things were always the same — from my very first terrifying day of kindergarten to my last day as a public educator, which, as it turned out, was also a bit terrifying.  view article arw

Ronnie Watson, former principal of Edwin F. Williams Intermediate School in Perryton, has temporarily accepted the acting superintendent position at Perryton Independent School District in the wake of allegations against the superintendent and assistant superintendent. view article arw

The LISD Board of Trustees has chosen Dr. Tonya Knowlton as the Lone Finalist for LISD Superintendent of Schools. view article arw

(GARLAND, TX — October 11, 2017) Garland ISD Trustees named Dr. Ricardo (Rick) López as the lone finalist for the district’s superintendent vacancy at its Oct. 10 work session. Dr. López is the current superintendent for Mission Consolidated ISD in Mission, Texas. He is expected to assume the duties of Garland ISD superintendent sometime after the state-mandated 21-day waiting period. view article arw

Though not yet official, it appears the Mission Consolidated Independent School District will be losing its popular superintendent of four years, Dr. Ricardo López, to a school district in a Dallas suburb. Tuesday night the Garland Independent School District board of directors selected López as the “lone finalist” for the district’s superintendent vacancy prompting press releases from both the Garland ISD and Mission CISD, the latter where López has served as superintendent since August 2013. view article arw

The Socorro ISD superintendent is bringing home a prestigious national award. Dr. Jose Espinoza has been awarded the 2017 "Escalante-Gradillas" Best in Education Award. view article arw

Perryton ISD’s superintendent and assistant superintendent have taken leaves of absence after a sexual harassment complaint was made against them.  Superintendent Robert Hall and Assistant Superintendent Keith Langfitt took paid leave Tuesday afternoon after the district received a complaint early last week, district spokesman Darin Clark said. view article arw

 Mission, Texas- The Garland Independent School District (ISD) Board of Trustees has named Mission Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) superintendent Dr. Ricardo López its lone finalist for the vacant Garland ISD superintendent’s position. This begins a legally required 21-day waiting period before the Garland ISD Board of Trustees can take a final vote to hire Dr. López. Dr. López held several meetings with district staff members today to break the news to the employees. “Mission has been a blessing to me and to my family, Dr. López said.  “We have encountered the most giving people, where the core values such as Faith, Family, Love, and Support are the fabric of our community.  view article arw

Northwestern State University is set to honor Gladewater ISD Superintendent Sedric Clark for his educational service during the school's homecoming festivities Oct. 21.  Clark is one of seven NSU alumni to be honored by the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development's Hall of Distinguished Educators. He will be being named a Distinguished Young Professional.  Clark earned his bachelor's degree at Louisiana State University and his master's at NSU. view article arw

LaTonya Goffney, chief executive of Lufkin ISD, was named Superintendent of the Year (SOTY) by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) in Dallas on October 7. She was selected for the prestigious award from a group of state finalists that included Robert Jaklich, Victoria ISD, Region 3; Thomas Randle, Lamar CISD, Region 4; Judd Marshall, Mount Pleasant ISD, Region 8; and Jim Vaszauskas, Mansfield ISD, Region 11. view article arw

Covington Independent School District (ISD) welcomed a new superintendent this school year.  Dr. Chris Heskett is settling into his role as superintendent after longtime Covington Superintendent Diane Innis retired after last school year. Dr. Heskett comes to Covington from Valley View High School, where he served as principal.  view article arw

 The San Benito school district held a welcome reception yesterday to formally introduce new superintendent, Dr. Nate Carman to the community. The San Benito High School Mariachi Del Sol lined one wall and played music while a long table holding fruits and finger sandwiches was on display in the middle of the boardroom.Members from the community and the district had a chance to visit with Carman during the evening. view article arw

LaTonya Goffney, chief executive of Lufkin ISD, was named Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) in Dallas on Oct. 7. She was selected for the prestigious award from a group of state finalists that included Robert Jaklich, Victoria ISD, Region 3; Thomas Randle, Lamar CISD, Region 4; Judd Marshall, Mount Pleasant ISD, Region 8; and Jim Vaszauskas, Mansfield ISD, Region 11. With 15 years of administration experience, Goffney serves about 8,200 students. Noted by the selection committee was her commitment to making a difference in children’s lives every day. view article arw

Lorena principal receives honor

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Kevin Johnson, principal of Lorena High School, has been selected to represent the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals as the Region 12 Outstanding Principal of the Year. TASSP recognizes outstanding principals and assistant principals from the state’s 20 regional Education Service Centers. School administrators are nominated and chosen by their peers within their regions view article arw

It's a moment Lufkin ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya Goffney describes as very surreal. "In my mind there were some incredible superintendents across the state and ones who made to the finals have done great work and a couple I admire greatly and I did not think that I would be selected for sure," Dr. Goffney said on Monday. view article arw

My entry plan as new superintendent at BISD has involved listening, observing, learning and seeking feedback from district stakeholders. As a means to that end, I met with a Student Advisory Council at the high school to get student perspective and feedback. I asked several questions of the group and gathered valuable input to help guide conversations. One of the questions I asked was: What would you do if you ruled the district? It was great to hear them brag about the positive attitudes of staff and students and that school spirit is alive and well. I will continue to seek feedback from a Staff Advisory Council in the near future and reach out to other stakeholders as well. view article arw

New Taylor ISD Superintendent Keith Brown said he wants to change the culture in the district.  "I'm just a normal guy. I care about everybody and I just want to help everybody," Brown said in the monthly Pints, Politics & Culture interview. "It doesn't matter who they are or their position."  Brown came to Taylor in January from Bay City, where he served as superintendent for almost nine years. In 2013, he was named superintendent of the year. view article arw

A months-long Hays school district investigation into complaints of a hostile work environment at an elementary school played a role in the abrupt departure of Superintendent Michael McKie, documents obtained by the American-Statesman show. McKie, hired in May 2013, had two years left on his contract when he resigned May 9. He received a settlement of $236,929, according to a district separation agreement, which prevents the district, trustees and McKie from making any disparaging remarks or disclosing the events leading to the agreement. view article arw

Congratulations LaTonya and Lufkin ISD - LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Dr. LaTonya Goffney, Lufkin ISD's Superintendent of Schools, was named Superintendent of the Year at the Texas Association of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards convention on Saturday.   According to a statement for Lufkin ISD, Goffney, who was selected from a finalist group of five superintendent's, is the first African-American woman to receive the award since its creation in 1984. view article arw

San Marcos CISD unanimously voted Dec. 7 to hire JG Consulting as the firm to handle the district’s upcoming superintendent search. JG Consulting will help gather input from the community, the board of trustees and district staff to create a candidate profile. The firm will then recruit candidates who fit that profile to apply for the job.  Scott Elliff, a representative with JG Consulting, said he defines superintendent success as focusing on student achievement. view article arw

McAllen ISD Superintendent Jose Gonzalez received a $12,500 pay raise about a year into the job and with one performance audit done. Gonzalez’s raise was approved by the school district’s board of trustees last week, putting the total pay at $207,500 plus benefits, which include auto and cell phone allowances, and life insurance. Gonzalez initially held the position of interim superintendent after the departure of his predecessor James Ponce. He was officially hired to fill the role August 2016 with an annual salary of $195,000 plus benefits, which totaled $207,315. view article arw

One week after a six-hour interview session with a slate of candidates, Hutto ISD announced Celina Estrada Thomas as the lone finalist for the district’s superintendent position. State law requires Hutto ISD to wait 21 days from the Sept. 29 decision until Estrada Thomas can sign a contract for the position.  “Dr. Estrada Thomas rose to the top of the candidate pool due to the depth of her experience and knowledge with curriculum and instruction,” Hutto ISD board President Connie Gooding said Friday in a press release. view article arw

As October begins, a number of activities, community events and public meetings are scheduled in Tomball and Magnolia this week. A recovery fair is also scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7, in Houston to provide assistance to residents affected by Hurricane Harvey. view article arw

Dr. David Waters believes his experience across all school levels has prepared him to take on his first superintendent’s job at Nocona Independent School District. Waters was selected as the “lone finalist” recently by the board of trustees out of a pool of 49 candidates. The slate was narrowed to 10 and six were interviewed. A final trio came back for a second interview. Guy Hill, president of the board, said while they were pleased to have so many great candidates, it was a challenge as they narrowed it down. view article arw

Hutto names new superintendent

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HUTTO – The Hutto ISD Board of Trustees has named Dr. Celina Estrada Thomas the lone finalist for the district’s superintendent position. Trustees voted unanimously Sept. 29 to name Estrada Thomas superintendent.  Dr. Thomas has been serving as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction with Fredericksburg ISD since 2015. view article arw

It has been another remarkable week in the Victoria ISD. As we reflect on the first 19 days of school, it is clearly evident that we are surrounded by exceptional students, outstanding employees, supportive parents, a visionary Board of Trustees and a community that truly values the importance of education. The Victoria ISD Education Foundation began in 2008, and its primary purpose is to provide an innovative source of funding to support our school district's mission - "Achieving Excellence for All." view article arw

A sole finalist has been named for the superintendent position at the Tornillo Independent School District in far East El Paso County.  Rosie Vega, principal at Salvador H. Sanchez Middle School in the Socorro Independent School District, was named the sole finalist for the position. Tornillo's superintendent position was left vacant after Jeannie Meza-Chavez left the district to become superintendent at the San Elizario Independent School District.  Tornillo officials did not know when Vega will formally be offered the position, but said that more information should be known next week. view article arw