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Groesbeck ISD Names Lone Finalist

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Groesbeck ISD Board of Trustees named James Cowley as the lone finalist for the position of superintendent. Cowley currently serves as superintendent in Calhoun County ISD. read more arw

Huntsville ISD Names Lone Finalist

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Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees named Scott Sheppard as the lone finalist for the position of superintendent. Scott Sheppard currently serves as Assistant Superintendent School Administration Secondary Principals in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.   read more arw

Victoria school board members Thursday approved Superintendent Robert Jaklich's retirement and began the process of hiring a firm to find his replacement. Board members met in a closed session for about 90 minutes before announcing their unanimous approval of Jaklich's departure Aug. 31. view article arw

The Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees is hoping to turn things around after a rough start to the 2017-2018 school year by potentially naming a lone finalist for the superintendent position during a specially called meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Hawkins Administration Building. After reviewing more than 50 potential candidates for the position, trustees have narrowed the list down to the final three contenders and have begun second-round interviews with each applicant to ensure they pick the best one for Huntsville ISD.  view article arw

The Temple Independent School District is asking for the community’s involvement in its superintendent search. The district’s Board of Trustees employed the Texas Association of School Boards Executive Search Services to assist with the hunt for a new superintendent. view article arw

The board of trustees for the Troup Independent School District met in executive session to discuss one item. Superintendent Stuart Bird had submitted a letter of retirement. The board accepted the letter and Bird’s retirement becomes effective June 30, 2018.  During the open conference, the board discussed smart bus technology at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, Dec. 11. view article arw

Pine Tree ISD Superintendent TJ Farler says she will retire from the district at the end of the 2017-18 school year.  Farler is in her seventh year as superintendent of the district and is completing her 40th year in public education.  The Pine Tree board of trustees is set to formally accept Farler’s resignation at the Jan. 8 regular meeting, which will allow trustees to develop a “generous” timeline to seek a new superintendent, school officials said. view article arw

Hays CISD leaders Monday officially named the district’s third campus after one of its founding members. By a 7-0 vote, the Hays CISD board of trustees named High School 3 (HS3) as William Moe and Gene Johnson High. Moe Johnson was an integral cog in the consolidation of Hays CISD in 1968 and was the district’s superintendent for many years.  view article arw

AUSTIN - A recent survey of district trends in schol district superintendents’ salaries and benefits was released by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) and Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). The TASB/TASA survey conducted annually by the TASB HR Services division is the first of a series of four surveys that is the most definitive study of school district compensation and benefits practices in Texas. The information is used by policymakers at both the local and state levels to make decisions about educators’ pay of particular note: view article arw

Temple ISD Superintendent Vacancy

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Temple 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. read more arw

Dr. Eric Wright (center) is joined by Hays CISD board trustees after signing his contract Dec. 7. Neither rain, sleet or even snow kept Hays CISD trustees from naming Dr. Eric Wright as the new superintendent in a special called meeting. Tim Savoy, Hays CISD public information officer, said Wright’s contract is worth $240,000 and spans three years. view article arw

DONNA — The Donna school district board of trustees voted late Tuesday evening to place Superintendent Fernando Castillo on paid administrative leave effective Friday.  The decision came after three hours of executive session and with a 4-3 vote in favor of the suspension. This after Castillo received less than favorable reviews in a district audit released in September.  view article arw

La Vernia ISD Superintendent Vacancy

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La Vernia ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire  Walsh Gallegos & Education Consultant Gary Patterson to conduct a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our searches page as things progress. read more arw

Hardin ISD Superintendent Vacancy

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Hardin ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire Arrow Educational Services to conduct a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our searches page as things progress. read more arw

The board of directors for Tarkington ISD selected Dr. Marc Keith as the lone finalist for superintendent. view article arw

Fredericksburg Independent School District’s board of trustees plans to move ahead in hiring TASB Executive Search Services to fill the superintendent position, said Kerinne Herber, board president. This is subject to Dr. Eric Wright’s official hiring approval by Hays Consolidated School District. view article arw

Superintendent Robert Jaklich, Ed.D. has announced he will retire as the leader of Victoria public schools, effective Aug. 31, 2018, in order to spend more time with his family. At his retirement, Jaklich will have served the Victoria Independent School District for six years and public education for 37 years.  In a message to employees, Jaklich said, “Six years ago we began a mission that everyone would serve as a “Change Agent” and a “Difference Maker” in the lives of our students. We have definitely accomplished this goal. We have built relationships on trust and have focused on every student’s unique potential. It is undoubtedly clear that we are surrounded by extraordinary students, outstanding employees, supportive parents, and a visionary Board of Trustees that truly values the importance of public education.” view article arw

“I could teach more,” the late Jaime Escalante states in a math department discussion regarding school improvement in the 1988 movie Stand and Deliver. Indeed, Escalante provided his students with more instruction, learning time, resources, and guidance. With unparalleled support from his principal Henry Gradillas, Escalante ensured his poor, minority students performed at or above the level of their affluent peers in the Advanced Placement Calculus exam at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. Escalante and Gradillas are giants in education, which is why I’m humbled and honored to be the winner of the 2017 $20,000 Escalante–Gradillas Prize for Best in Education. view article arw

The Tatum ISD board of trustees will meet Monday to discuss Superintendent J.P. Richardson's performance and to consider renewing his contract. view article arw

A Port Neches-Groves ISD assistant superintendent has been named the finalist for superintendent in a Houston-area district.  Tarkington ISD, near Cleveland, announced Wednesday that their board plans to hire Marc Keith as superintendent.  Keith is currently PN-G's Assistant Superintendent for Student Services. The Tarkington board is required to wait 21 days after naming Keith the finalist before officially hiring him. view article arw

The Bushland ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday night to hire Chris Wigington to the top post at the 1,500-student district. Wigington, the superintendent at Big Spring ISD, will start his new job in January.  He will replace Don Wood, who is retiring. view article arw

The Plano ISD board met Thursday to discuss finding a new trustee after a board member and the superintendent suddenly resigned. The district still hasn’t stated why board member Greg Myer and superintendent Brian Binggeli resigned, just saying their departures were unconnected. Myer said he was leaving for personal reasons.  Last week the board president would only say the departure of Binggeli was a matter of "differing philosophies” but didn’t elaborate on a cause. The district also said it was in no way connected to the resignation of Myer. view article arw

Tarkington ISD Press Release

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The Board of Trustees of the Tarkington Independent School District has named Dr. Marc Keith as the district's lone finalist for the position of superintendent.  view article arw

Utopia ISD superintendent retiring

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Utopia Independent School District Superintendent John Walts retired the first time 10 years ago, but now he expects the decision will stick. Walts changed his mind about retiring in 2007 and has remained as the Utopia superintendent ever since, though working only part-time as the Utopia’s education chief over that period. view article arw

Superintendent Kent Scribner received a $25,000 bonus for academic gains shown in the Fort Worth school district in 2017. The salary performance incentive was approved by an 8-1 vote by school trustees during Tuesday night’s special meeting. view article arw

After a wait of more than a year, a decision on the possible release of documents related to former Superintendent Tommy Wallis' abrupt resignation from Bryan schools is expected to come in the next few weeks. Both the Attorney General's Office and Wallis' lawyers asked for a summary judgment in November and canceled a hearing set for Thursday. Now, both sides will wait for Austin-based judge Tim Sulak to rule on the matter. view article arw

Dr. Esperanza Zendejas, BISD Superintendent of Schools, was nominated for 2017 RGV Citizen of the Year Award. view article arw

Superintendent quality trickles down to school-level results such as standardized test scores and school climate, according to a new study on the Israeli education system published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The paper is part of a growing strand of research examining management quality in public schools, and it contributes to the debate over district leaders’ true importance in the United States. view article arw

During this week's Victoria Economic Development Partnership meeting, we engaged in great discussions regarding the importance of career and technical education programs and how they prepare our students for the jobs of today as well as provide for a workforce that will sustain our economy and support our community. During the last six years, VISD has experienced tremendous growth in the area of our Career and Technical Education programs. view article arw

The recipient of a national education award is right here in the Borderland. Socorro ISD Superintendent Dr. Jose Espinoza won the prestigious 2017 Best in Education Award from earlier this fall. According to a news release, Espinoza received the award for "doing more with less, overcoming obstacles, boosting achievement levels, and raising the standard of excellence for SISD school and the district overall." view article arw

Next August the Sharyland Independent School District will begin the school year without its current superintendent or human resources director.  At the Nov. 27 SISD Board of Trustees meeting, citing health reasons Superintendent Robert O’Connor announced he is resigning from his position before the start of the next school year. The board also approved the resignation of Rosa O’Donnell, the district’s human resources director, effective at the end of the school year.  O’Connor announced his resignation saying he wished to keep his health complications private. view article arw

Dr. Wayne King

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Updated:  Dr. Wayne King passed away Sunday..  Wayne was a long time superintendent in the Region 10 area and spent many years working for Region 10 ESC after his retirement. Gordon Taylor stated "He was a mentor and friend to many of us and an advocate for public education students".  Visitation – Wednesday evening – 6pm-8pm at Meador Funeral Home in Whitesboro -  Funeral Service – First Baptist Church of Collinsville – 2pm on Thursday read more arw

In considering the 2017 RGV Citizen of the Year Award, it is easy to identify people who have given big donations to charities, or who have been in attendance at every social event across the Rio Grande Valley. However, I believe the real RGV Citizen of the Year should be someone who embodies the values and virtues of the people of the Rio Grande Valley: hard working, humble, and selfless; someone who works the trenches in their own community seeking no attention, epitomizing the best of all of us. That is why I am proud to nominate Dr. Alda T. Benavides, superintendent of La Joya Independent School District. view article arw

Red Lick Independent School District's board of directors named a lone finalist for superintendent during their Nov. 28 meeting. Brandon Dennard, current assistant superintendent of administration and student services at North Lamar ISD, was chosen from 39 applicants. Per Texas law, the district must wait 21 days before offering Dennard a contract. Superintendent Nick Blain said the board has set a tentative date of Dec. 15 for a special meeting where Dennard would be officially hired to lead the district. The lone finalist has served in education for 17 years and began his career in 2000, when he worked as a middle school teacher in inner-city Dallas.  view article arw

Southlake Carroll’s David Faltys — Tarrant County’s highest paid school superintendent — earns a base salary of $338,488.82, which is more than twice the state average. The average base pay of Texas school superintendents for this school year is $146,073, according to a statewide survey of 749 school districts recently released by the Texas Association of School Boards and Texas Association of School Administrators. view article arw