Dr. James Young, formerly of LaPoynor ISD, is introduced as the new Superintendent for Kemp ISD at their special board meeting Jan. 11. Congratulations James - js view article arw

After writing a letter two weeks ago clarifying the UISD’s replacement plans for longtime superintendent Roberto J. Santos, UISD’s board president wrote another on Tuesday. Ramiro Veliz III said that the next superintendent is expected to be hired in May. The board has “approved the timeline for the superintendent search process,” he wrote, which will prepare the next superintendent to be “ready to hit the ground running upon Mr. Santos’ retirement.”    (22) view article arw

Taft ISD Board of Trustees are searching for a new superintendent to replace current administrator Ricardo Treviño, who will be retiring at the end of January.  The board employed Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Executive Search Service for help. It requested that school personnel and the public be involved in developing a profile of the new superintendent's leadership qualities.  Board president Jimmie Adame encouraged all members of the community to share their thoughts and insights in a three-question online  questionnaire: surveys.tasb.org/s3/Taft-ISD-2021-Leadership-Survey     (21) view article arw

HALLSVILLE — Hallsville ISD trustees on Tuesday unanimously approved the hiring of Arrow Educational Services to conduct the district’s superintendent search to replace Hallsville ISD Superintendent Jeff Collum.   Trustees accepted Collum’s resignation effective May 31 as he heads to serve as superintendent at Conway Public Schools in Conway, Arkansas. The search firm, based out of Maybank, was hired on at a cost of $6,500 and will begin work immediately, Hallsville ISD Board President Jay Nelson said.   (20)* view article arw

Dripping Springs ISD is set to choose its next superintendent this spring. The search to replace former Superintendent Todd Washburn will conclude ahead of the May 1 election that will determine two seats on the DSISD board of trustees—those currently held by Ron Jones and Barbara Stroud. view article arw

In its first steps in the superintendent search process, the Fort Bend ISD board of trustees will review proposals from and interview search firms. Once the board hires a firm, it will aid in the process of locating a new superintendent. Seven search firms responded to the district’s request for proposal, and trustees will evaluate each response by the end of January. view article arw

DANBURY — A year after starting at Danbury ISD, Superintendent Nancy Sandlin’s contract hasn’t gotten any shorter after district trustees voted unanimously to extend the agreement by a year.  The decision came after trustees spent more than an hour in executive session Monday, during which they also discussed Sandlin’s evaluation and employment recommendations of teaching personnel. The extension of Sandlin’s contract was the only action to take place at the end of the session. view article arw

Now in her fifth year on the job, Pleasant Valley School District Superintendent Angelica Ramsey announced plans to move on to a new role in Texas.  Ramsey is the sole finalist for a superintendent role for the Midland Independent School District in Midland, Texas. She shared the news in a Friday news release.   “It has been an honor of a lifetime serving as PVSD’s superintendent of schools. I plan to work closely with the Board during the transition,” she said in the announcement. view article arw

TEXARKANA, Texas — During the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, Texarkana Independent School District's new superintendent of schools, Dr. Doug Brubaker, reviewed his entry plan. The plan is based on the book "The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter," by Michael D. Watkins. "Research on organizational effectiveness indicates that new leaders transition more quickly and effectively when they use entry plans," Brubaker said. "Guided by an entry plan, leaders set a positive tone, clarify expectations, build trust and establish positive working relationships. Creating these positive conditions helps to keep the focus of the district on meeting the needs of students and builds momentum for positive change." view article arw

The New Caney ISD Board of Trustees is in the process of selecting the District's next superintendent, beginning January 18, 2021. Email supersearch@kbslawgroup.com for more information.    (21) view article arw

The board of trustees of the Hallsville 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 will conduct the search. All correspondence should be directed to him at russellmarshall1958@gmail.com or (903)237-8154. Updates will be available on arrowsearchinc.com and TexasISD.com as the search progresses. view article arw

When asked why she wants to take on such a challenge as turning around Midland ISD, Angelica Ramsey said she’s always looking for a diamond in the rough.  Three superintendents attempted to improve education in Midland, and each left with the task unfulfilled. The end result was a 10-plus-year downward spiral that sent Midland ISD from an average -- or even above average performing district -- to one that the Texas Education Agency has written up – not once but twice -- for deficiencies with failing campuses.  In 2019, Texas Education Agency ratings declared that nine campuses received failing marks. Another 10 recorded Ds while only a total of four received either an A or B.  As current interim Superintendent Ann Dixon told the Reporter-Telegram about the lone finalist for the permanent superintendent position at Midland ISD, Ramsey’s business is teaching kids. Ramsey also comes to Midland where expectations for the public-school system “have been eroding for so long.” At least, that is how Dixon sees it. view article arw

The board of trustees of the Martin’s Mill 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 including timeline and the application process will be available on arrowsearchinc.com and TexasISD.com after January 25th.    (14)* view article arw

Midland ISD’s Board of Trustees has named a lone finalist for superintendent. According to a release, Dr. Angelica Ramsey of California was announced as the finalist on Thursday. “We are very excited by what Dr. Ramsey can bring to our district, and we look forward to her joining in our mission to ensure all students are prepared and ready for college or career,” said Rick Davis, Board President. Dr. Ramsey is currently the Superintendent of Schools for Pleasant Valley School District in Camarillo, California. view article arw

The board of trustees of the Bridge City 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 including timeline and the application process is available on arrowsearchinc.com.* view article arw

 To help begin the search for a new superintendent, Interim Supt. Dr. Marc Williamson recommended two search firms to the Fredericksburg Independent School District Board of Trustees Monday night.  The recommendation came during the board’s regular meeting, which was held at the Central Office, 234 Friendship Lane.  “I certainly don’t want to overstep my boundaries, but I also want to give you valid recommendations so that you have something to work on,” Williamson said. “I think we would all agree that to have a successful superintendent, there needs to be not only somebody with expertise and general knowledge of the field, but somebody who understands the ambience of the community and the folks here.” view article arw

HARLINGEN — As we enter the new year, this Valley-based education service center will soon be led with new leadership.  After serving nearly eight years as the Region One Education Service Center (ESC) Executive Director, Dr. Cornelio Gonzalez will retire at the end of January 2021.  Region One serves more than 400,000 students and educators in eight South Texas counties by assisting school districts in operating more efficiently and economically, improving student performance and implementing initiatives assigned by the legislature or commissioner of education. view article arw

GLEN ROSE — The Glen Rose ISD Board of Trustees named Dr. Trig Overbo, current superintendent in Jayton-Girard ISD, the lone finalist for the superintendent of GRISD, according to a news release issued by the district on Thursday. “Dr. Overbo has a diverse number of education experiences and definitely fits the Glen Rose Tiger culture,” Glen Rose ISD Board President Jason Dillard said. Dillard said the timeframe of when Overbo will come aboard has yet to be determined, but for now, the district must wait the state-mandated 21 days before officially tendering Overbo a contract. view article arw

MIDLAND, Texas — The Midland ISD Board of Trustees has named Dr. Angelica Ramsey as their lone finalist to be the district's next superintendent. The announcement came Thursday after the board completed its second round of interviews and voted unanimously to name Ramsey. "We are very excited by what Dr. Ramsey can bring to our district, and we look forward to her joining in our mission to ensure all students are prepared and ready for college or career," said Rick Davis, Board President. view article arw

EPISD made another move toward finding its next superintendent Tuesday, with trustees voting, 4-3, to use a search agency to fill the vacant post. EPISD's procurement department will check qualifications of search agencies, compile a list of those agencies and evaluate them before trustees decide which to hire. The district parted ways with former Superintendent Juan Cabrera shortly after he was named in a California civil lawsuit Sept. 15 for alleged involvement defrauding virtual school investors out of a roughly $5 million investment, alongside former EPISD board president Dori Fenenbock, through her virtual charter school business, eSchool, Inc.    (14) view article arw

After serving more than 11 years as New Braunfels ISD’s superintendent, Randy Moczygemba announced his intent to retire as of June 30 on Tuesday.  Moczygemba has been in education for more than 35 years. He became assistant superintendent in 2007 and then superintendent in December 2009. NBISD said he was a classroom teacher and administrator, as well. view article arw

Just over four years after Todd Lintzen took over as the leader of Bridge City Independent School District, the longtime educator is preparing to leave education after 36 years at the end of the school year.  In an interview with The Enterprise, Lintzen said he has been grateful to see the innovation and transformation of education during his educational career, which started in Louisiana. view article arw

MIDLAND, Texas (ABC Big 2 / FOX 24) – Midland ISD has spent the last few months looking for a new superintendent, but the board says it is close to making a decision.  “We received over 30 applications to become our next permanent superintendent. We narrowed that list to five. We interviewed last week for the first round of interviews and this week we invited back our top three candidates,” said Midland ISD board president, Rick Davis.  Davis says they’ve narrowed down their search for a new superintendent. He says they will be looking at their top candidates this week.    (13) view article arw

Pine Tree ISD Superintendent Steve Clugston has at least another three years in the district and a $5,000 raise after the board gave him a glowing evaluation at Monday’s meeting. Superintendents are annually evaluated by school boards, their contracts are reviewed at that time. Effective July 1, Clugston will make $190,000 a year after his raise and his contract is a three-year contract. “I’m very honored to be working in Pine Tree ISD and feel very fortunate to be a part of the Pine Tree family,” Clugston said. “My evaluation and extension is a direct reflection of the fantastic people we have working in Pine Tree. I will work every day to live up to the level of leadership that the students, staff and community of Pine Tree deserves.” Place 5 Trustee Jim Cerrato echoed that Clugston tells the board “he’s successful because he’s putting people in place who are successful.” view article arw

We spoke with the new superintendent about the goals laid out for students and the community of Flour Bluff. CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A new superintendent is leading the way for the Flour Bluff Independent School District in 2021. Velma Soliz-Garcia is taking the place of Dr. David Freeman who passed away in August 2020 after battling the coronavirus. view article arw

TEXARKANA, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – After months of searching for a new superintendent, Dr. Doug Brubaker has officially begun his term with Texarkana Independent School District. Brubaker says he has already started implementing the 90-day plan, which includes learning the people, program, and services. Things he says makes the school district successful. “Of course you know COVID-19 hangs over everything. Finding out what measures the school district has in place, the ways that I can contribute to helping keep our students, or faculties, and family safe,” said Brubaker.     view article arw

On January 4, the Queen City ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire Darrian Dover as the district’s new superintendent. Dover most recently served as the superintendent in Meadow ISD. He began his career as a teacher in Morgan ISD. Dover has also served as teacher and principal in Bynum, Rising Star, and Aspermont ISDs.    (11) read more arw

Louise ISD trustees will assess Superintendent Garth Oliver’s job performance Monday night during his annual performance evaluation. As a superintendent, Oliver is assigned goals pertaining to improving the district, and his progress on these goals is evaluated by trustees annually. In November, LISD trustees approved Oliver’s goals for the 2020-2021 school year, which included prioritizing student safety, improving student achievement, facilities and extracurricular programs and more. Oliver’s evaluation will be conducted in closed session, and trustees will reconvene afterward in public session to vote on any items discussed. Also on Monday’s agenda: view article arw

Belton schools Superintendent Matt Smith is forming an advisory council of students who will tell him and other district leaders their thoughts on issues that affect them.  The Belton Independent School District Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council will be composed of students from the district’s three high schools — Belton High School, Lake Belton High School and New Tech High School @ Waskow. view article arw

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The interim superintendent of the East Baton Rouge School system fainted as he was speaking during a town hall as part of finalist interviews for the top job in the state's second-largest school district. “I think I need to take a break, my ear is ringing,” Adam Smith said Friday and then fell abruptly to the ground. view article arw

New Caney ISD's former Superintendent Kenn Franklin is accused of submitting at least $2,500 worth of fake travel expenses to the district, according to arrest warrant affidavits from the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.  Franklin was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on Jan. 7 and released on bond. He was charged with aggregate theft by a public servant, a third-degree felony, and tampering with a government record, which is a state jail felony.  According to the affidavit, the school district requested help on Sept. 21 from the Texas Rangers. NCISD Police Chief Troy Wootton said there had been some suspicion that Franklin was creating and submitting travel vouchers for work trips he did not take, per the affidavit. view article arw

After a lengthy process of gathering stakeholder input, a nation-wide search which included the review of over 44 applicants, and a comprehensive interview process of the top applicants, the Taylor ISD School Board is pleased to announce Dr. Devin C. Padavil as the lone finalist for Superintendent of the Taylor Independent School District.  Dr. Padavil currently serves as an Area Superintendent with the Leander ISD and helped lead the district’s COVID-19 response team. Dr. Padavil earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University, a Masters of Educational-Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, and a doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Austin. With over twenty years in education, Dr. Padavil has currently held positions in Fort Bend ISD as Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools, Frisco ISD as high school principal, Pflugerville ISD as a high school and middle school principal, and three years as a middle school teacher. view article arw

New Caney ISD's former Superintendent Kenn Franklin, who suddenly left his position in mid-November, was arrested at 3:05 p.m. Jan. 7 and charged with alleged theft of at least $30,000 and tampering with a government record, according to arrest records from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.  According to Montgomery County Jail records and formal complaints made with the Montgomery County District Clerk's Office, Franklin is accused of stealing more than or equal to $30,000 but less than $150,000 from the school district, which is a third degree felony. Franklin is also being charged with tampering with a government record with the intent to defraud or harm, which is a state jail felony. view article arw

A letter written by UISD’s board president on Wednesday hoped to clarify concerns made regarding the outgoing selection of a new superintendent months before the current one retires.  Ramiro Veliz III said that there is currently no pushing of a potential candidate to replace longtime leader Roberto J. Santos, and that the board agrees with UISD constituents regarding a thorough search being executed to find the next superintendent. view article arw

Flour Bluff ISD trustees named Velma Soliz-Garcia as the district's new superintendent of schools during a special called meeting Monday. The three-year contact for Soliz-Garcia begins Wednesday and includes a $190,000 salary package. view article arw