Huckabee | Architecture | Engineering | Management

Superintendents report at luncheon

October 2207:45 AM

The North Channel Chamber hosted the annual State of the Schools report from the superintendents of Sheldon, Galena Park, and Channelview ISD’s at their monthly luncheon last Friday. A large audience, with many educators in attendance from the three districts, enjoyed hearing of the district accomplishments amid a competitive spirit. Presentations were similar for the three districts, filled with statistics, emphasis on special programs, and dealing with population growth through bond issues. Each superintendent showed a video of students, schools, and general character of the district. These well prepared videos gave an intimate and cheerful look into the life of students and staff. view article arw

Cameron Independent School District Superintendent Kevin Sprinkles had a smooth transition into the district since his three-year term began in July. Sprinkles, who served the Academy Independent School District as an assistant superintendent for seven years and a superintendent for 11 years, was the lone finalist in the board of trustees’ hunt for a new superintendent in May. view article arw

Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen says she plans to fullfil every day of her contract until it expires next June. The school leader made an address to the Atlanta Press Club. She recited, as expected, progress the children have made in the schools. Both tests scores and college admittance have, on average, gone up over the last five years.  view article arw

Jeff Bryant writes here about the billionaires who corrupted the school leadership pipeline. Chief among them, of course, is billionaire Eli Broad, who created an unaccredited training program as a fast track for urban superintendents. Bryant has collected stories about how superintendents who passed through the Broad program hire other graduates of the program and do business with others who are part of their network. The ethical breaches are numerous. The self-dealing and the stench of corruption is powerful. Bryant begins with the story of a phone call from Eli Broad to one of his graduates: view article arw

Shortly before 10:30 Wednesday night, Decatur ISD trustees selected their next leader for the district.  Trustees named Lewisville ISD Chief Schools Officer Joseph Coburn the lone finalist for the superintendent job. By state law, the district has to wait 21 days to extend a contract and hire Coburn. Nov. 6 is the end of the 21 days and School Board President Charlie Tibbels said a called meeting will be held near that date.  Trustees named Coburn the finalist after finishing up the second night of interviews with the top two candidates earlier in the evening. view article arw

According to Friendswood ISD Superintendent Thad Roher, he will try pretty much anything to get closer to the students in his district. "The whole challenge thing came from, as a district, our desire to connect with the community, and really for me, the students," said Roher.   view article arw

At a public hearing Sept. 8, it was revealed the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nate Carman claimed over $68,074 in reimbursement expenses during a 10-month period.  The description of reimbursements includes meals, lodging, transportation, motor fuel, and other expenditures which can include registration fees, telephone/cell phone, internet service and fax machine among others not defined. view article arw

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen spoke to the Atlanta Press Club at its annual newsmaker luncheon Thursday. Carstarphen has been in her role since 2014. APS recently announced it will not renew her contract past June of next year. Carstarphen had not spoken publicly about leaving her role -- until Thursday. view article arw

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voted unanimously Thursday to have Austin-based JG Consulting head the search to find a replacement for outgoing East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Warren Drake and lead the Louisiana’s second-largest public school district. The unanimity of the vote was a surprise given the other applicant was prominent Baton Rouge firm SSA Consultants of Baton Rouge. view article arw

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen vowed Thursday to remain on the job to continue the turnaround work she began five years ago. view article arw

EARLY — Facing Early superintendent Wes Beck’s retirement at the end of the school year, Early school board members will consider taking action Monday related to a superintendent’s search.  A “possible action item” on the agenda for the 6 p.m. meeting gives the board the authority to consider calling for Requests for Proposals from superintendent search firms “and/or (making) other decisions” regarding the search process. Beck, a 40-year education veterans, has been superintendent in Early since 2014. view article arw

The Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees is in the midst of a search for a permanent superintendent for the district. Nearly 80 candidates expressed interest in the position and the board carefully reviewed the pool before selecting seven for interviews, which occurred the week of Oct. 7. A second round of interviews will occur the week of Oct. 21. The process is being led by TASB (Texas Association of School Boards) Executive Search Services. view article arw

Tuesday, October 15, Ector County Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri will give the school board his Look, Listen, and Learn Report. This update on his first 100 days as the superintendent of schools begins at 6 p.m. view article arw

Ector County ISD Superintendent Scott Muri presented a report on the Look, Listen and Learn tour he’s been on since he started in July that included some alarming statistics and feedback from the community, including parents, teachers and students. Sixty-six percent of third graders read below grade level in 2019. Some 16.3 percent of students didn’t graduate with their class in 2018. The percentage went to 20.8 for English learners and 29.5 percent for special education students, Muri said. view article arw

Canton ISD Board of Trustees has chosen Dr. Brian Nichols, Superintendent of New Summerfield ISD, as Lone Finalist for Canton ISD Superintendent of Schools. Details and updates will continue to appear on our search page as things progress.  read more arw

Decatur ISD closes in on hire

October 1408:41 AM

Decatur ISD could name a lone finalist for the superintendent job as early as Wednesday. Trustees will conduct a second round of interviews with two candidates Monday and Wendesday. School Board President Charlie Tibbels said a decision on a lone finalist could follow the final interivew Wednesday.  “We’re excited about both candidates. We look forward to digging more into the district with them and talking about specifics with them,” Tibbels said. “We’ve got two great candidates and either would be a great fit for the district.” view article arw

Brenham superintendent honored

October 1408:40 AM

Brenham school Superintendent Walter Jackson has been selected as one of five state finalists for the annual Superintendent of the Year award sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards.  view article arw


October 1408:40 AM

On Wednesday, October 9, Canton ISD Board selected Dr. Brian Nichols as the lone finalist for the Superintendent position for Canton ISD. Dr. Nichols is currently the Superintendent at New Summerfield ISD. view article arw

The classrooms at Rodriguez Elementary are deserted and the walls remain bare more than a month into the school year. After the campus failed state standards five years in a row, San Antonio Independent School District shuttered Rodriguez at the end of May, dispersing the neighborhood’s kids to other campuses.  On a humid Tuesday in September, educators and families returned to the empty halls, filing into Rodriguez’s cafeteria to hear what Superintendent Pedro Martinez would say about the school’s future.  view article arw

The Mineola ISD board of trustees approved a general timeline for the new superintendent search last Tuesday. Interim Superintendent Randy Hancock asked the board to begin the process of developing a profile of characteristics they would like to see in the next superintendent at the regular MISD board meeting Oct. 21. Hancock will also be gathering information from school staff and community members on their desired superintendent characteristics and their thoughts at a meeting the community will be invited to attend. The public meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the administration building from 4:30-6:30 p.m. view article arw

Agua Dulce ISD Board of Trustees is conducting a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress. read more arw

Following the announced retirement of Dr. Scott Niven, the Allen ISD Board of Trustees named Deputy Superintendent Robin Bullock as the district’s acting superintendent.  Bullock has served as Allen ISD deputy superintendent and assistant superintendent since 2013. She previously served as the deputy superintendent for Midlothian ISD as well as the interim superintendent.  view article arw

Allen ISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Niven announced his retirement from the superintendency to pursue other professional opportunities, according to a district release. The Board of Trustees expressed its appreciation to Niven for his efforts while serving as superintendent and for the district’s many achievements and accomplishments during his tenure. The board also extended its best wishes to Niven in his future endeavors, the release states.  The board named Robin Bullock as acting superintendent and will soon begin its search for a replacement. view article arw

After a year in the interim position, longtime educator Bonny Cain, Ph.D., was announced as the new, full-time superintendent of the Waxahachie Independent School District Wednesday. “Dr. Cain brings to our district a wealth of Texas public education experience and knowledge, which has helped us tremendously as WISD has grown to over 9000 students,” School Board Member Melissa Starnater said. “She’s put some long overdue processes and procedures in place that will help our district as we strive to help all of our students be successful... She genuinely cares about making us be the best we can be.” view article arw

The school principal’s way of working with families ripples throughout the campus. It influences whether the school welcomes parents or merely tolerates them. Dr. Daniel King, superintendent of the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District (PSJA), reflected recently on the climate he cultivates among the principals and other faculty at PSJA. view article arw

Clint Independent School District Superintendent Juan Martinez was a guest speaker at a Texas Gun Sense fundraiser in Austin Thursday evening. The youngest victim from the Walmart shooting last summer was a 15 year-old student at Clint ISD. view article arw

Former Waco ISD Superintendent Dr. Marcus Nelson is speaking out for the first time since his arrest and resignation from Waco ISD. Nelson spoke to a crowd of hundreds after being honored with the Outstanding Public Service Award at the Central Texas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Banquet. He was met with a standing ovation from the audience. view article arw

BELTON — The Belton Independent School District’s next superintendent may be on duty sometime in March.  The school board, during a special meeting Monday, set a timeline for its hunt for the district’s next leader. They are aiming to have a replacement for Susan Kincannon — now the Waco ISD superintendent — working in Belton ISD by March 16. view article arw

Red Oak ISD Board of Trustees has chosen Brenda Sanford, Director of Curriculum, Accountability, and Assessment of Canton ISD, as Lone Finalist for Red Oak ISD Superintendent of Schools. Details and updates will continue to appear on our search page as things progress.  read more arw

Devine ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. to conduct a search for a new superintendent. Details and updates will appear on our search page as things progress. read more arw

A new superintendent will take charge of the Red Oak Independent School District in a matter of weeks. Canton Independent School District’s Director of Curriculum and Assessment Brenda Sanford was announced as the lone finalist for the job, Sept. 30. The Red Oak School Board believes Sanford’s years of experience in education make her well qualified for the position. She has reportedly been with Canton ISD since 2001 as a teacher and campus administrator before joining the curriculum department in 2014. view article arw

Robin Battershell lowered herself onto a rug with red, orange, green, blue and violet stripes. view article arw

The Marlin Independent School District spent almost $68,000 to remove former superintendent Michael Seabolt from his position, including hiring an investigator and a large, Austin-based law firm to dig into Seabolt’s duties and performance, and paying Seabolt while he was placed on leave.  The inquiry may have uncovered enough reasons to terminate Seabolt’s contract, which would have ended in February 2023. Seabolt resigned Aug. 8, saying he wished to end a “costly termination process” in “which he is certain he will not be provided due process of law,” according to his resignation letter. view article arw