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Dr. Marla Sheppard's official contract with Longview ISD includes an annual salary of $275,000 and is effective from July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2027.  Terms of the contract include providing professional development and other benefits, including reimbursement for moving expenses and the requirement that Dr. Sheppard reside within the district. More information about Dr. Sheppard's contract is available on the district website: w3.LISD.org/leadership July 8, 2024 also marks Dr. Sheppard's first official workday as Superintendent and the new chief is not wasting any time! Her First 100-Day Plan outlines some of the immediate goals of her administration toward developing a long-term strategic vision for the entire district.  The plan emphasizes building transparent relationships with the board, fostering community engagement, and enhancing academic excellence, as well as fostering trust and buy-in within the greater Longview community.  Community members are encouraged to review the plan on the district website: w3.LISD.org/leadership For more information please contact LISD Communications at ask@lisd.org or call 903-381-2235.   read more arw

United ISD is one step closer to naming the next superintendent. The district told KGNS they are down to a handful of candidates. The search for a new superintendent began after the former superintendent was terminated following allegations of ongoing sexual harassment and retaliation against a district employee. From 16 candidates, the pool is now down to four, according to the district’s board members. view article arw

The Mercedes school board voted to fire its superintendent in May without saying why, and that process doesn’t appear to be going smoothly. In April, the Mercedes ISD board voted to place Superintendent Maria J. Chavez on administrative leave with pay. Trustees appointed an acting superintendent and, late in May, voted to fire Chavez “for good cause.” view article arw

Eduardo Hernandez, the superintendent of Edgewood Independent School District, has been named the 2024 Region 20 Superintendent of the Year, a recognition that celebrates exemplary leadership in public schools. The Texas Association of School Boards announced 18 education leaders from across the state Monday who are regional nominees in its annual Superintendent of the Year award. view article arw

Longview ISD is now officially under the leadership of a new Superintendent. Trustees formally hired Dr. Marla Sheppard as Longview ISD Superintendent of Schools during their special meeting. "I am honored to be chosen to serve the Longview community," said Dr. Sheppard. "I am grateful to the board for their trust in me. I look forward to creating long-lasting relationships with the students, staff, and greater community." With her tenure now official, Dr. Sheppard is developing a 100-day plan "for listening and learning from the community." "My first priority is to listen and learn from the families, young people, leaders, and other stakeholders of the Longview area, to deeply understand their needs, aspirations, and perspectives," she said. "Only then can we chart the path forward together." view article arw

Longview ISD's new superintendent will take over leadership of the district July 1. Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday night to hire Marla Sheppard, who has been serving as the deputy chief of academics of KIPP Texas Public Schools in Houston. Kipp is a national organization of charter schools. Sheppard has a doctor of education in professional leadership from the University of Houston. view article arw

People don’t always like to hear about the success of a system, and the very words “the system works” can create some negative reactions. However, it is sometimes very true, and the Harlingen school district has proven many times that its system does indeed work. The Harlingen system has proven itself once again that it works, not only in the instruction of its students but also in the career development of its teachers and administrators. One of the Harlingen school district’s former administrators, Dr. Joseph Villarreal, will soon take the helm as the new superintendent at the Santa Maria Independent School District. The city of Santa Maria is located south of La Feria. view article arw

Dew ISD’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted on June 6, 2024, at a called board meeting, to name Mr. Kent Reynolds as lone finalist for the position of Superintendent. Per state law, there will be a 21-day waiting period before Mr. Reynolds can officially be hired as superintendent. view article arw

Dew ISD’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted on June 6, 2024, at a called board meeting, to name Mr. Kent Reynolds as lone finalist for the position of Superintendent. Per state law, there will be a 21-day waiting period before Mr. Reynolds can officially be hired as superintendent. view article arw

Denton ISD Superintendent Jamie Wilson announced his retirement Tuesday, capping 12 years of leadership in one of the fastest-growing school districts in the state. view article arw

The Wells ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name Jimmy Friday Wright as its next superintendent.  Per Texas Education Agency regulations, Wright will serve as interim superintendent for 21 business days before taking the helm. Wright previously served as principal of Wells Junior High/Wells High School for three years.  The kindergarten through 12th grades are housed in the same building, but there is a separate principal for the elementary school. The district has approximately 250 students.  “I have seen the evolution of the district, and I think we are in a good place,” Wright said. “I am very familiar with the community, and they have been very supportive. The meeting had a full house, and staff and students spoke in favor of me.” view article arw

Former Northwest superintendent Dr. Karen Rue was named interim superintendent at Decatur ISD Monday night. The Decatur School Board voted 7-0 to enter into a contract with Rue, whose tenure at DISD would begin June 24. view article arw

On Friday, the White Oak ISD school board accepted the superintendent’s resignation. An item at the school board meeting concerned the resignation of the superintendent Dr. William Paul, who has stepped down from his position. view article arw

A special meeting of the Henderson ISD board of trustees has been called, and the agenda shows the board’s intention to accept the resignation of the superintendent. Dr. Thurston Lamb was named superintendent for Henderson ISD in 2019, after being selected through a lengthy process. Prior to this role, he served as Chief of Schools in Duncanville ISD. In 2022, Lamb was named Regional Superintendent of the Year by the Region 7 Education Service Center. view article arw

ROGERS, Texas (KXXV) — Duana Brashear is the new superintendent of Rogers ISD. She's been in education for 20 years spending time at Splendora, Lexington, and Cameron — she tells me she comes from a family of educators, but she's the only one to go on the administration side. Her mentor, Rick Kershner, allowed her to follow him to Royal ISD. "And that was my first stint in central administration got to be an assistant superintendent under Rick Kershner in Royal, amazing district, amazing kids, his leadership made me who I am today," Brashear said. She has decorated B's on her wall from students and staff of her past. It's motivation now as she works in her office. She tells me Rogers ISD is filled with less than 900 kids. Teachers and staff, their reputation is filled with excellence. Small and diverse, that’s what attracted her to the position. "I'm not coming to change anything I'm coming to be a part of greatness," Brashear. said view article arw

Keller has served as the commissioner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board since 2019. view article arw

The Graham ISD Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of Superintendent Sonny Cruse during a special-called meeting Tuesday. Cruse’s resignation will be effective at the end of December. “After careful consideration and reflection, I have decided to step down from my role to pursue other opportunities,” Cruse said in his resignation letter.Cruse left his position as deputy superintendent at Huntsville ISD and was named the lone finalist for the GISD superintendent position in July 2015. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as superintendent of Graham ISD. Over the past nine years, I have had the opportunity to work alongside dedicated educators, staff members, parents and students who are committed to the success and well-being of our school community,” Cruse said. “Together, we have accomplished many milestones and made significant strides in advancing the educational goals and objectives of the district.” view article arw

Vikki Curry was unanimously named as the district’s top candidate, following an executive session at a special board meeting on Monday. Curry has 30 years of experience in education and is currently serving as the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning at Galveston ISD, a post she has held since July 2021. In that role, she has overseen the development and delivery of curriculum and instruction, monitored and evaluated instructional programs, and actively helped develop campus improvement plans. Prior to Curry’s existing position, she served in Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and as a principal. She was also an assistant principal in Spring ISD and a teacher in Galveston ISD. A total of 38 candidates were considered for the position. Burton School Board President Jeff Harmel said Curry “stood out as both an exceptional administrator, and as the best fit for Burton ISD in regard to experience and skill.” view article arw

On Tuesday, Longview ISD named the lone finalist for its superintendent position. During a special board meeting, trustees approved Dr. Marla Sheppard as the top candidate for the role. Sheppard was most recently the Deputy Chief of Academic Achievement for KIPP Texas. view article arw

The Longview ISD Board of Trustees has announced Dr. Marla Sheppard as the lone finalist for the position of Superintendent, during a special meeting on Tuesday, May 21. Dr. Marla Sheppard brings extensive knowledge of public education and 29 years of experience. Dr. Sheppard is currently serving as Deputy Chief of Academic Achievement for KIPP Texas Public Schools where she has worked since 2021. view article arw

School board members voted to place Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen on paid administrative leave without discussion Tuesday night after a Title IX investigation found her husband, a school employee, guilty of sexual harassment. The Humble ISD school board unceremoniously ousted its superintendent, Elizabeth Fagen, in a 4-2 vote Tuesday night after a Title IX report released last month found her husband, a longtime athletic director in the district, created a hostile and sexually inappropriate work environment. view article arw

HISD's appointed Superintendent Mike Miles and leaders of his former charter network, Third Future Schools, are vehemently denying reports that the network illegally used money from its Texas campuses to subsidize its schools in Colorado. Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath also said Friday that he had referred the issue to the Texas Education Agency's complaint team, but that initial reports did not show evidence of wrongdoing. view article arw

Humble ISD trustees placed Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen on paid administrative leave Tuesday in a split vote, just a month after details surfaced of a costly Title IX investigation involving her husband, who recently resigned as the district's athletic director. The board voted 4-2 to approve putting Fagen on leave, with trustee Marques Holmes abstaining. Once she left the room, the board voted 6-0 to name Deputy Superintendent Roger Brown as interim superintendent. The board did not discuss the motion to place Fagen on leave or the decision to tap Brown as the interim, but, after the meeting, the board president said Fagen was placed on leave due to "a personnel matter." Trustee Robert Sitton, who voted against the motion, expressed frustration. view article arw

Humble ISD trustees placed Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen on paid administrative leave Tuesday, the latest development in an increasingly rocky relationship between the district’s top leaders. Four of the district’s seven board members voted to place Fagen on leave during a tense meeting, with none of the trustees offering a reason for the leave or how long it will last. Board President Robert Scarfo declined to comment following the meeting, calling the vote a “personnel matter.” view article arw

Once the regular meeting begins, the board will canvass the results of the May 4th election, and new trustees Ande "Arch" Bostain and Mike Clyde will receive the oath of office. The board will then name its new officers. Following that, board members will consider amending local policy regarding locally provided leave and adding a policy pertaining to the offering of professional non-certified contracts to positions of importance who do not qualify for regular Chapter 21 contracts. Trustees will then go into executive session to consult with an attorney and to discuss personnel, safety and security, and real property. The board will meet again on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Burton ISD Central Office, where it will hold interviews in executive session for candidates who have applied to the district's superintendent position. Former superintendent Dr. Edna Kennedy retired in March. The board is working with Powell Law Group to conduct the search for a new superintendent. According to the timeline provided by the district for the superintendent hiring process, May 13-17 is designated for the second round of interviews, with May 17th slated as the day to name a lone finalist. The preferred start date for the selected candidate is listed as June 10th. view article arw

Following in the footsteps of librarians, educational specialists, teachers, and principals, custodians are the latest workforce group staring down district-wide layoffs courtesy of superintendent Mike Miles. view article arw

Inside the Mission Event Center, students from across the three high school campuses donned their school colors, ready to perform for guests inside the lobby corridor. Sharyland ISD school board member Dr. Noe Oliveira served as the opening speaker. “It’s an incredibly, what we call, a sad, happy day,” he said while addressing staff, students, and parents in attendance. Oliveira recounted when Vidaurri first joined Sharyland ISD after she’d been selected out of six finalists. “We have to narrow it down from all the applicants to six…and an alternate” Oliveira said. “Her first interview, she came out…and told us everything about the district…We learned a lot from her in that meeting. It was fantastic.” He continued, stating Vidaurri made it as a lone finalist, becoming superintendent after 21 days of selection. “We picked the best one that day,” Oliveira said. view article arw

The leaders of Houston’s largest teachers union approved a resolution of no confidence in Houston ISD’s Superintendent Mike Miles on Tuesday, in a strong but ultimately symbolic rebuke of the state-appointed superintendent’s leadership. The union’s resolution calls for Miles’ removal as superintendent and lays out numerous grievances that have surfaced repeatedly over the course of his 11-month tenure. It now heads to the Houston Federation of Teachers’ 6,000-plus members for ratification, with results of the vote expected next week. “The takeover of Houston ISD, the largest school district in Texas and the eighth largest district in the country, is a politically motivated, irresponsible experiment that is worsening inequities and disenfranchising Houston voters,” the resolution begins. “Houston ISD teachers and support staff have come together now to call for a vote of no confidence in state-installed superintendent Mike Miles.” view article arw

Tenaha Independent School District announced the selectionof Jerrod Campbell as its next superintendent. A customary 21-day waiting period will be undertaken, after which Campbell will begin work on June 3, 2025, the district said. view article arw

The Sherman Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to approve a voluntary separation agreement with suspended Superintendent Dr. Tyson Bennett in a special meeting Wednesday morning. Terms of the agreement have not been made public. The board voted to suspend Bennett for controversial decisions he made for the Sherman High School theater program when he enforced a new rule that roles cast in the musical Oklahoma! must match the student’s sex at birth, causing many students, including a transgender male, to lose their parts in the play. view article arw

The Pflugerville ISD board of trustees approved a contract to hire Quintin Shepherd as superintendent during a special board meeting April 29. Shepherd will officially start in the role May 28, per district representatives. How we got here Steve Flores has served as interim superintendent since December, following the resignation of former six-year superintendent Douglas Killian. Killian announced his resignation after being named the lone finalist to serve as superintendent of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. view article arw

Southlake Carroll will begin searching for a new superintendent by the end of the year. On Friday evening, Carroll ISD superintendent Dr. Lane Ledbetter announced that he was planning to retire from his position by the end of the year. A class of 1989 graduate and the son of Carroll coach and athletic director Bob Ledbetter, Dr. Ledbetter previously served as head superintendent for Graham ISD and Midlothian ISD prior to joining Carroll in Jan. 2021. "This decision was not made lightly, but after considerable thought, my wife and I firmly believe that now is the right time for me to transition into retirement while seeking new opportunities to continue contributing to the field of education," Dr. Ledbetter says via email. "I want to express my deepest gratitude to each member of the board, our faculty and staff, as well as the entire Dragon community. Serving Carroll ISD, a district that holds a special place in my heart as my alma mater, has been an honor, and I will forever cherish the opportunity to give back to the community that has done so much for me and my family." view article arw

HUTTO, Texas — After just seven months on the job, Hutto ISD's superintendent has resigned. Dr. Raúl Peña was named the lone finalist for the role in August 2023 before taking over in September. Peña replaced former superintendent Dr. Celina Estrada Thomas, who retired in May 2023. During the April 25 board meeting, the district accepted Peña's resignation. He explained his decision to step down, stating a family medical emergency as the reason. view article arw

Carroll ISD Superintendent Lane Ledbetter is retiring in December after four years in the role. The school board reviewed his voluntary retirement agreement at its meeting Monday. The school board reviewed his voluntary retirement agreement at its meeting Monday. view article arw

The Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint James Hockenberry as superintendent during a special meeting Monday. The vote followed the state’s 21-day mandatory waiting period after the board named him publicly as the lone candidate April 8. Hockenberry will officially begin work Wednesday, about one month earlier than originally projected. “He’s getting a head start by coming to us on May 1,” said board chair Kristi Gay. “It’s valuable to us because he’s going to see our campuses with the kids there, with all the teachers there, with our janitor and maintenance staff … He will get a much better feel for the district by having the chance to see us in operation.” view article arw