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The district announced that the Board unanimously approved naming Dr. Malinda Golden to the role at their regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 19.  The Belton ISD Board of Trustees has named a lone finalist for the district's new superintendent of schools.  The district announced that the Board unanimously approved naming Dr. Malinda Golden to the role at their regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 19. Golden has already been serving as acting superintendent since Jan. 10, 2024, said the district, following the resignation of Dr. Matt Smith.

The Seguin ISD is officially under new leadership. The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday unanimously approved the hiring of Dr. Veronica Vijil as the district’s new superintendent of schools. Dr. Vijil, who arrived in Seguin last summer to serve as the deputy superintendent, quickly found her way to the interim position following the resignation of former Superintendent Matthew Gutierrez in September. After being named as the lone finalist for the position, Vijil on Thursday was publicly presented with a contract following the mandated 21 day waiting period. Dr. Vijil says she is excited about the opportunity and looks forward to continuing the work. “I am so thrilled to be working with this team of eight and with the team that I work with every single day, boots on the ground, everybody the same — having children at the forefront of our decisions and so we say we might not agree about everything in a room but we walk out and we are a one team in agreement of what we are doing is in the best interest of kids,” said Vijil. Trustees in January opted to not go out for an official search for superintendent and instead named Vijil as its lone finalist. Trustees said their decision was based on her proven record and previous experience leading the Fabens ISD, a B rated district. view article arw

The Board of Education for O’Donnell Independent School District proudly announces Mr. Blake Nichols as the new Superintendent of Schools. This action was taken at a board meeting after the state-mandated 21-day waiting period was met. Mr. Nichols was then officially hired as Superintendent. Mr. Nichols has 15 years of experience in Texas public schools and is currently the Athletic Director at O’Donnell ISD. Blake received his Bachelor’s degree from West Texas University in 2010, and his Master’s degree from Texas Tech University in 2020. His wife Mandy, is also an educator for O’Donnell ISD. Blake and Mandy are looking forward to their continued service at O’Donnell ISD as Blake becomes their new Superintendent.

Prairiland superintendent to retire

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Jeff Ballard, who has guided Prairiland Independent School District since 2009, plans to retire at the end of the 2023-24 school year. “My main goal was to create a pleasant atmosphere to work in and a positive learning environment for all kids to be successful in. I hope we have done that,” he said Monday in announcing his retirement. “I’ve made some mistakes, but I hope we have done some good over the years. Prairiland has always been a great district and one to be proud of. We have maintained and built new facilities so that students could have the best learning environment possible while maintaining the lowest tax rate.” view article arw

Corsicana ISD Superintendent Dr. Diane Frost announced that she will retire during Monday evening’s Board of Trustees Workshop meeting. Her retirement will be effective this summer, she said. Dr. Frost was named the lone finalist for the CISD Superintendent role in April of 2010, when she succeeded Corsicana native Don Denbow. Under her guide, CISD opened a new middle school, saw attendance grow by almost 10%, and in the last year earned the state-wide H-E-B Excellence in Education Small District of the Year award and had the Board of Trustees named Outstanding School Board of the Year by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). In 2015, Dr. Frost was named Region 12 Superintendent of the Year. view article arw

The Brownsville ISD Board of Trustees named Dr. Jesus H. Chavez as the lone finalist for the superintendent position. Chavez is a Brownsville native who was serving as the district's interim superintendent, a Tuesday news release from the district states. The release noted Chavez’s “extensive involvement” with the district, which included frequent visits to campuses. Per state law, the Brownsville school board must wait a minimum of 21 days before officially appointing Dr. Chavez as the superintendent of schools. During this time, the board will negotiate the terms of the employment contract with Chavez, the release added. view article arw

On Feb. 19, the Corsicana 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 searches page as things progress. view article arw

Del Valle school district Superintendent Annette Tielle announced Friday that she will retire in December after seven years with the district. Tielle will leave as the district rolls out its $300 million bond to build a second high school and new career and technical programs. Tielle, who has worked in education for 32 years, plans to retire to spend more time with her family, she said in a statement Friday. "When I look back on the legacy that I've built, I look forward to this now affording the students the opportunities that they so deserve," Tielle told the American-Statesman on Friday. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The superintendent of Del Valle ISD announced she would be retiring in December. Annette Tielle has been with the district for seven years, with 32 years in public education, according to a post. “I believe that the district is in a great place to build on our legacy of success, and it is my personal responsibility as a leader to provide ample time to prepare a transition plan,” Tielle said. According to the post, Tielle said she planned to close her tenure by creating a budget for staff raises, opening the P-TECH/ECHS Campus and Gigafactory Studio, launching the Thinkery Community Center, and continuing the building of the district’s second high school. view article arw

This was the second school district Carman had considered since he took over Socorro ISD in March of 2022. “Dr. Carman has been a remarkable leader and innovator for Socorro ISD,” said SISD Board President Michael Najera. “We appreciate his vision, leadership and service for our students, staff, and schools. He has contributed to the great legacy of Team SISD, and we wish him the best as he moves on to his new endeavors.” view article arw

he apparently forced retirement of Superintendent Garth Oliver was the only issue before Louise ISD trustees Friday night. Public outcries started early Wednesday when the Leader-News posted notice of the meeting on its social media page. view article arw

Vijil named Seguin ISD superintendent

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Seguin ISD is officially under new management. The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees during a special meeting on Thursday unanimously approved the selection of Veronica Vijil, PhD., as the superintendent of schools. Vijil served as the district’s assistant superintendent from June until October. She was then named interim superintendent following the resignation of former superintendent Matthew Gutierrez, who took a job at Leadner ISD. view article arw

In October 2023 Steinbruck took over as interim superintendent. view article arw

The Paris News is reporting that Prairiland ISD Superintendent Jeff Ballard is retiring at the end of the school year. Ballard has been an educator for 37 years. He began his career as a teacher and coach with the Detroit ISD in 1987 and began his stint at Prairiland in 1993. view article arw

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — SISD’s Superintendent Nate Carman was named a finalist for the superintendent postion for Higley Unified School District in Phoenix, Arizona this week, according to the Daily Independent. Nate Carman and another finalist participated in a public forum on Tuesday, Feb. 6 where they both got a chance to introduce themselves and answer questions from the community. Mathew Neal who is an educational consultant from Woodland Park Colorado is the other finalist for the position. view article arw

With just three weeks left until the application deadline, the Lufkin ISD board of trustees held a special meeting today to hear updates from search consultants on finding a new superintendent. This after former superintendent Lynn Torres left last year. Applications and candidates are coming in, while the reviewing continues. In November of last year, the Lufkin ISD board of trustees hired consultants from the Thompson and Horton LLP law firm to assist in the search for a new superintendent. view article arw

On Monday, the TEA independent examiner reached out to the school’s attorney and stated that based on their investigation they found “Good cause to terminate the contract of David Gonzalez.” UISD Board President Ramiro Veliz III confirmed to KGNS that he was notified by the attorneys on the independent examiner’s findings and recommendations. view article arw

BEAUMONT, Texas — The Diocese of Beaumont announced a new Superintendent of Catholic Schools. Robert Reid will be joining the diocesan staff on February 19, 2024. Reid, a Port Arthur native, has 34 years of experience in education in Southeast Texas working as a teacher, assistant principal and principal, according to a Diocese of Beaumont news release. view article arw

Louise ISD chief told to leave job

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An effort appears to be under way to fire Louise ISD Superintendent Garth Oliver, but he says he’s not planning on leaving any time soon. Although there’s been no agenda item at a board meeting and no board action, Oliver contacted by the Leader-News Monday confirmed that Louise ISD board President Mark Bain and trustee Chad Hajovsky came to his office Friday, told him he was fired and provided him with the equivalent of a two-week notice. According to Oliver’s account of the meeting, he was told his last day would be Friday, Feb. 16. view article arw

CORPUS CHRISTI, Tx — Travis Fanning is the Superintendent of the Beeville Independent School District. While he’s found ease in the leadership role over the last four years, he said getting into the position did not happen overnight. “I stand on the shoulders of giants,” Fanning said. “I stand on the shoulders of people who really worked hard so the opportunities that I could sit as Travis Fanning, a young man from Atlanta Georgia who was a first-generation college student can sit in the seat as a superintendent. view article arw

Superintendent Lone Finalist: John Griggs was named the Lone Finalist for the Blooming Grove ISD Superintendent position during a Feb.1, 2024 special school board meeting. The district received 43 applicants for the position. John Griggs was selected after an extensive search and interview process. Mr. Griggs was approved for the position on a unanimous 7-0 vote. State law requires that school boards observe a 21 day waiting period before a lone finalist can officially enter into an employment contract. read more arw

TULE NAMED LONE FINALIST

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COLMESNEIL – The Colmesneil ISD Board of Trustees announced at a meeting on last Friday that Sharon Tule is the district’s lone finalist for the superintendent position. A statement from CISD read that “we are thrilled to welcome her back to the Bulldog family,” after the board made its decision. Tule has served the district as interim superintendent since Jan. 1. She was hired in December of last year to take over the duties from Dr. Scott Davis, who resigned. Source: https://www.easttexasnews.com/tyler-county-news-breakout/5843-tule-named-lone-finalist Tyler County News - Breakout © East Texas News view article arw

The community will not have one but two opportunities this week to meet the finalist for Seguin ISD Superintendent. The school district says it is hosting the two meet and greet events to give stakeholders the chance to visit personally with Interim Superintendent Dr. Veronica Vijil. The meet and greets are designed as come-and-go events with the first being held on Tuesday, February 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Seguin ISD Central Office. The second opportunity will be hosted at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, February 8 in the Seguin High School Performing Arts Center. view article arw

The Board of Trustees is excited and happy to announce the Lone Finalist for Superintendent of Jayton-Girard ISD, Mr. Scott Bicknell.  Mr. Bicknell has 19 years of experience in Texas public schools and is currently the Superintendent at Muenster ISD, having served in that role since 2022. Prior to that, he served as the Superintendent for Glasscock County ISD.  He and his wife, Brooke, have 2 children, Josselyn, age 10 and  Everly, age 9.  Brooke is currently an Optavia Health Coach and Secondary Math Teacher for TTU K-12. read more arw

It turns out that Woodsboro ISD didn't have to look too far to find a new superintendent. Leslie Garza, current principal of Woodsboro Elementary School, was announced the lone finalist for the position Monday night during a special meeting of the Woodsboro ISD Board of Trustees. Garza served as interim superintendent for a brief period after David Segers announced in July that he was accepting a similar position at Maud ISD. view article arw

Dickinson ISD Superintendent Carla Voelkel, who led the district through dramatic growth, Hurricane Harvey recovery, Covid and implementation of significant security measures, will retire June 30 after serving in public education for 45 years. Voelkel has been superintendent since 2018 and announced her retirement to the community and the Board of Trustees the week of Jan. 11. The board was to officially accept her retirement during a regular meeting Tuesday and soon after begin the search for a new superintendent. view article arw

The Austin Independent School District stepped into a new era on Thursday night as the board of trustees formally hired Matias Segura to be the district’s superintendent. Segura has led the district in an interim capacity since last January. He started his education career with AISD in 2018 as the chief of construction, facilities, and maintenance. He was expected to serve only six months after being appointed interim super in January 2023, but his grasp of the district’s complex needs, his clear communication style, and his affable nature endeared him to the trustees. In November, the board decided it wouldn’t conduct a national search for a new superintendent; it named Segura the lone finalist a month later. view article arw

About one year after Matias Segura became the Austin Independent School District's interim superintendent, he now has the permanent job. The school board unanimously voted last week to appoint him to the role. Austin ISD has not had a permanent superintendent for about 18 months. Segura took over for the previous interim superintendent, Anthony Mays. Mays had replaced Stephanie Elizalde, who left on June 30, 2022, to head Dallas ISD. According to the contract Segura signed, his annual base salary will be $362,250. His salary is on par with other superintendents in large Texas school districts. Segura’s contract runs through Aug. 31, 2028, which school board members have said offers an opportunity for stability in the years ahead. view article arw

On a sunny Tuesday morning in Arlington, Matt Smith started his rounds with his shirt sleeves down. It wasn’t just any day at work; it was his first day as Arlington ISD superintendent. In front of Jones Academy of Fine Arts and Dual Language — Smith’s first stop of the day — a group of six students held a welcome sign filled with the signatures of those attending the school. The superintendent chatted, then gave each of them a high five. view article arw

On a chilly Saturday in January, Matias Segura sat on the stage in the cafeteria of the brand-new Marshall Middle School while students asked him questions about safety, teacher retention and library book challenges. “I never thought that I would be in this position, to be honest,” Segura said to the onlooking community members. When the Austin school board in December 2022 appointed Segura to temporarily run the district while members searched for a superintendent, he was focused on stabilizing the 73,000-student organization after years of turmoil wrought by leadership changes and the COVID-19 pandemic, he said. But a year later, Segura isn't ready to leave. view article arw

The board of trustees of the Rains ISD has contracted with Arrow Educational Services, Inc. to assist them in their search for a new superintendent. Arrow Lead Consultant/COO Jim Dunlap and President/CEO Dr. Russell Marshall will conduct the search. More information is available at www.arrowsearchinc.com. read more arw

The board of trustees of the Lumberton Independent School District has contracted with Arrow Educational Services, Inc. to assist them in their search for a new superintendent. Arrow President/CEO Dr. Russell Marshall and Lead Consultant/COO Jim Dunlap will conduct the search. More information and the application process will be available on arrowsearchinc.com and the TASA website. read more arw

Matias Segura, who has led the Austin district in a temporary capacity for more than a year, will be the next permanent superintendent of the 73,000-student district. Board members, who voted unanimously to approve Segura's contract, hope the appointment will bring stability to a district that's undergone significant leadership changes in the last four years. Segura steps into the position as the district juggles several weighty needs, including funding constraints, continued post-pandemic academic recovery, the rollout of a $2.4 billion bond and state-mandated oversight of the district's chronic special education shortcomings.   "I feel like I can trust you," President Arati Singh said to Segura. "There's trust on this board." view article arw

The Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday night to appoint Matias Segura as superintendent. Board members approved a contract that pays Segura an annual salary of $362,250. The contract lasts until August 2028. view article arw

Seguin ISD Board of Trustees has opted to stay in house to fill its top leadership position. The school board members voted unanimously to name interim Superintendent Veronica Vijil as the lone finalist for the district's top leadership position.. Trustee Denise Crettenden made the motion to name Vijil with a second from Trustee Joshua Bright. The board unanimously agreed, 6-0, with Board President Alejandro Guerra absent. “This is such a joyous moment for me to be honored with the opportunity to lead such a fine district and work with such a strong team,” Vijil said following the vote. “The team of eight, the leadership team, all the students and staff in Seguin ISD have made this such a seamless transition that I know this is where I am supposed to be.” view article arw