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The Education Service Center, Region 2 (ESC-2), Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of our new Executive Director, Dr. Esperanza Zendejas. Dr. Zendejas will be assuming her new role as head of the ESC-2 on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. She succeeds Dr. Rick Alvarado who is retiring from the ESC-2 after 7 years as Executive Director, and a career in education spanning over 30 years.   (14) read more arw

NEDERLAND – “Deeply saddened,” the Nederland Independent School District announced the death of former Superintendent Dr. Robin Perez on Tuesday evening.  Perez served the students and staff of Nederland ISD for four years before announcing her retirement to fight her cancer battle.  Nederland, TX – We are deeply saddened to announce the loss of our most recent Superintendent, Dr. Robin Perez. Dr. Perez served the students and staff of Nederland ISD passionately for four years before announcing her retirement to fight her cancer battle. She has not only left a lasting impression on our school community but the many she served over her lengthy career in education. For those that knew her, it goes without saying, Dr. Perez had a desire in her heart for education and the children she served. She took every opportunity to think outside of the box, fight for the whole child, and looked far into the future of what education may look like in years to come.  view article arw

The Austin Independent School District has hired its new superintendent, Dr. Stephanie Elizalde. The AISD Board of Trustees approved Elizalde's contract in a special board meeting Tuesday night, with trustee LaTisha Anderson being the only member to abstain. Elizalde, who was named the lone finalist three weeks ago, is leaving her role as chief of school leadership for Dallas ISD to assume AISD command. Outgoing Superintendent Paul Cruz is scheduled to officially step down Aug. 31 as he heads to a new role as co-director of the Cooperative Superintendency Program in UT-Austin's College of Education. view article arw

Austin school board members Tuesday night officially hired the district’s newest superintendent Stephanie Elizalde, offering her a three-year contract.  Elizalde, who most recently has served as the chief of school leadership for the Dallas district, is the first Latina to be appointed to the position of superintendent.  “I’m very excited to serve the community of Austin ISD,” Elizalde said in a recent online community engagement event. “Through teaching and through education and through leadership education, I want to be a part of the real equity social justice, ensuring that there is academic excellence for all of our students, regardless of their zip code, regardless of their community. That absolutely has been a passion of mine. It is how I lead and it is how I continue to grow.”  Elizalde, 55, is a third-generation educator. She started her teaching career in 1987, following in the footsteps of her father, a retired teacher and principal. This is her first superintendent post. Elizalde, whose contract runs though Aug. 31, 2023, will earn an annual base salary of $325,000. Her benefits also include a $750 monthly car allowance. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas - Dr. Stephanie Elizalde is officially Austin ISD's new superintendent.  Members of the community say they felt left out of the interviewing process, but ultimately welcomed the former Chief of Leadership for Dallas ISD. They also requested Dr. Elizalde respond to a community questionnaire.   (13) view article arw

The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Wednesday voted to name interim UT-Austin President Jay Hartzell as the sole finalist in the search for a permanent leader of the flagship institution. Hartzell has served as interim president since June 1, following the departure of Gregory L. Fenves for Emory University in Atlanta. UT System Board of Regents Chairman Kevin P. Eltife praised Hartzell’s leadership over the past several months and his handling of the university’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. view article arw

Documents connected with the sexual harassment investigation of a former Seguin ISD superintendent have been released to the public and include handwritten notes from a central office employee that allege crude and sexual comments about staff and a neighboring superintendent.  The release of the information comes more than three and a half years after the complaint was first filed against then superintendent Stetson Roane. Roane launched a series of objections in district court and an appeals court to try and keep the information private after the Texas Attorney General found that it was public record.  The complainant, Seguin ISD’s special education coordinator Halcy Dean, said the past three years have been trying, but she’s glad to see the information become public. view article arw

Stephanie Elizalde will officially take over as Austin ISD’s superintendent later this month. The Austin ISD board of trustees approved Elizalde’s hiring Aug. 11, putting a cap on an almost six-month process to find the district’s next leader. Elizalde was named the lone finalist for the position in July.  "I just wanted to say thank you so very much," Elizalde said after the hiring. "I truly am just honored, humbled, super excited, nervous like the first day of school. I don't take this lightly. I know there are big shoes to fill, and there are huge expectations and I wouldn't want to work for a board who didn't expect excellence, so thank you so very much to all of you." view article arw

I have the honor and privilege to serve as superintendent of the Lake Travis Independent School District. I know I have some big shoes to fill, and he reminds me they are size 13½ to be exact. But all joking aside, Dr. Brad Lancaster did a phenomenal job ahead of me, and I have the opportunity to build upon the tradition of excellence that defines Lake Travis. This is a responsibility I will not take lightly.  During my first week in Lake Travis, I have met with a variety of staff members and visited a couple of campuses. My first impression is the high quality of the staff from the board of trustees and principals to instructional and support staff. We have people who are passionate about what they do and dedicated to the success of every student. As I learn more about our district, I’m looking through a dual lens: one as a superintendent and the as a parent.  I would like to share my background with you, followed by my vision and plans for the immediate future of our district as we prepare to face a school year unlike any other. view article arw

Prosper ISD’s first day of classes for the 2020-21 academic year on Aug. 12 will be historic for several reasons.  For starters, the district is set to open a trio of new campuses - Johnson Elementary School, Rushing Middle School and Rock Hill High School – as it also reopens its 15 other campuses following a months-long closure due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  Meanwhile, with the opening of Rock Hill, Prosper ISD – and the town of Prosper – becomes home to two high schools. view article arw

TEXARKANA, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – The Texarkana Independent School District has begun their search for a new superintendent following the resignation of Paul Norton.  Norton was appointed as Superintendent of Schools at Lake Travis ISD on July 8.  During a recent board meeting, trustees unanimously voted to approve Thomas & Horton, LLP as the third-party firm to lead the search for the district’s new superintendent. The firm has 20 years of experience with superintendent searches. view article arw

AUGUST 7, 2020 —When Stephanie Elizalde ’86, M.E. ’95 searched the classifieds in the San Antonio Express-News in 1987 she was in search of a job to have while she prepared to take the MCAT.  Elizalde had just graduated the previous year with her bachelor of science in biology from UTSA, but she strived to go to medical school, so she took a year off.  Little did Elizalde know that as she searched through the newspaper for a part-time job she’d find her true passion—education. view article arw

On May 6, 2020 the Comanche ISD Board of Trustees named Daron Worrell as the Lone Finalist for the superintendent position of Comanche ISD.  Mr. Worrell will be coming to Comanche from Rocksprings ISD where he is currently the superintendent.  He was hired there in the summer of 2018. Before his role as superintendent at Rocksprings ISD he served in Sonora as the middle school principal and before that at Brackettville as the secondary principal for over 3 years.     (11) view article arw

EL PASO, Texas (CBS4) — El Paso taxpayers could be looking to pay millions in school renovations in a proposed 2020 El Paso Independent School District bond in November.  “It would be tone deaf of me to ask people for money during a time when money is scarce,” El Paso Board of Trustee member Freddy Khlayel-Avalos said.  He said he’s gotten an overwhelmingly negative response to the 2020 bond proposal.  “When I heard about the bond, I was surprised we were going to ask for more money when we hadn’t finished the 2016 bond projects,” Khlayel-Avalos said.

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TEXARKANA, Texas - The Texarkana Independent School District has begun its search for a new superintendent following the resignation of Paul Norton who was appointed as superintendent at Lake Travis ISD on July 8. During the Board of Trustees meeting held on July 21, trustees unanimously voted to approve Thomas & Horton, LLP as the third-party firm to lead the search for the district’s new superintendent.  During the meeting, David Thompson and Mike Moses, the former Texas education commissioner, outlined how they would work for the TISD Board of Trustees to recruit a chief executive with a proven track record of success and one that would fit into the Tiger Family culture. view article arw

TEXARKANA, Texas - The Texarkana Independent School District has begun its search for a new superintendent following the resignation of Paul Norton who was appointed as superintendent at Lake Travis ISD on July 8.  During the Board of Trustees meeting held on July 21, trustees unanimously voted to approve Thomas & Horton, LLP as the third-party firm to lead the search for the district’s new superintendent.  During the meeting, David Thompson and Mike Moses, the former Texas education commissioner, outlined how they would work for the TISD Board of Trustees to recruit a chief executive with a proven track record of success and one that would fit into the Tiger Family culture. view article arw

NEDERLAND — The reaction has been largely positive in greater Nederland following the school board’s decision to name Dr. Stuart Kieschnick superintendent of schools for the Nederland Independent School District.  Those in support of Kieschnick see his long reign in Nederland ISD as an asset. As a graduate of NHS, he has served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and assistant principal over the last 21 years. view article arw

ZAVALLA — The Zavalla ISD Board of Trustees voted to seek out a search firm to assist in the hunt for a new superintendent after Superintendent Ricky Oliver announced he would retire in December.  District legal counsel Kelli Karczewski, a partner at KBS Law Group, gave the board a rundown on the pros and cons to working with a search firm versus searching for a superintendent on their own.  Karczewski said going without a search firm is a good choice to reduce funds if the board had a candidate in mind already. However, even if the board did have a candidate in mind, the candidate could still apply through the search firm if they chose to go that route, she said.  Board member Jamie Dykes said she preferred going with a search firm the last time the district used one because they provided the board with more candidates and got to the “inside details” on the candidates that the board wasn’t able to obtain themselves. view article arw

The clock began ticking for Holly Ferguson on July 31.  That was the day she had been officially named superintendent of Prosper ISD, 12 days before the start of school.   (06) view article arw

Members of the Austin Independent School District community had the opportunity to learn more about the lone finalist to be the next superintendent during a virtual discussion Tuesday night.  Stephanie Elizalde introduced herself during a conversation with school board President Geronimo Rodriguez. Elizalde is currently the chief of school leadership at Dallas ISD.  During Tuesday’s discussion, Elizalde said what she would like to bring to the district is better communication from the top — something the administration under outgoing Superintendent Paul Cruz has been criticized for lacking. view article arw

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought against Frisco ISD, which alleged the district's system for electing its seven-member school board discriminates against the city's non-white population.  The suit, filed in April 2019, alleged the district’s election system makes it tough for school board candidates of color to win seats. The suit brings up eight past minority candidates who have lost in at-large school board elections.  The plaintiff's lawyers argued in favor of a system that ties board seats to a geographic area, or a cumulative voting system which allows voters to cast as many votes as there are open seats. view article arw

The superintendent of a Corpus Christi area school district died while battling COVID-19, according to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.  Flour Bluff Independent School District officials confirmed the news about David Freeman’s death in a Facebook post published Wednesday morning.    (06) view article arw

Dr. David Freeman was born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas. He began his education career as a teacher and coach in Clear Creek, Woodville, Dallas, and Keller Independent School Districts. He started his administrative career as an Assistant Principal in Muenster ISD and was the High School Principal in Saint Jo ISD. Dr. Freeman also served as the Superintendent at Montague ISD before returning home to Wichita Falls ISD as the Associate Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer. He was the Superintendent of Schools for London ISD from 2014-2019 before being named the Superintendent at Flour Bluff ISD in July of 2019. view article arw

This week, Austin ISD is hosting a series of virtual meet-and-greets with the lone finalist for superintendent, Dr. Stephanie Elizalde.  The Q & A sessions come after months of parents and community members pleaded with the district for more transparency and involvement with the superintendent search process.  Dr. Elizalde currently serves as Chief of School Leadership for Dallas ISD. Her career in public education spans nearly three decades. Beginning as a teacher, she transitioned into several leadership positions including: assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent.  Dr. Elizalde says she hopes to empower and provide support for teachers. For students, her goals include encouraging social and emotional learning and creating equitable access and opportunities. view article arw

HOUSTON – School districts in Harris County will not return to partial in-person learning until at least Sept. 8, according to an order signed by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.  Officials cited the county’s high coronavirus positivity rate, requiring school districts that had planned to offer both online and in-person learning to pivot. view article arw

SKIDMORE – Richard Waterhouse, who since 2013 has served as the principal of George West High School, is the lone finalist for the superintendent’s position in the Skidmore-Tynan Independent School District.  Interim S-TISD Superintendent Sherry Myers confirmed Aug. 3 that the board of trustees selected Waterhouse during a July 29 special meeting. She has pledged to assist Waterhouse and the district in whatever way they need during the transition.   (05) view article arw

Zavalla ISD Superintendent Ricky Oliver has announced he will be retiring in December of 2020.  Oliver said he had put in his time as an educator and administrator after 30 years, and he was ready to move on to something different.  "I'm on my 31st year, and I'm going to give something different a try," he said.  He told the school board in June and sent out a message to the rest of the district on June 23. The message reads:  "I informed our board last night of my intent to retire in December of this year. I have been told that you will know when the time is right and that time is now. I will lead until my last day. You are a great staff. I'm proud to be your superintendent!" view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The lone finalist for Austin ISD’s Superintendent position will get to introduce herself to the Austin community in an upcoming series of live conversations on AISD.TV and Facebook.  Dr. Stephanie Elizalde was named the lone finalist after a vote by the AISD Board of Trustees during last week’s board meeting. Elizalde has been with Dallas ISD since 2011, most recently, working as the district’s Assistant Superintendent of School Leadership.  She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas-San Antonio and a doctorate degree from UT-Austin. view article arw

The Kingsville ISD board of trustees on Wednesday named Cissy Reynolds-Perez the lone finalist for superintendent.  A Kingsville ISD graduate, Reynolds-Perez served as principal of Ray High School in Corpus Christi from 2008 to 2018. She then joined West Oso ISD as the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction and human resources.  Reynolds-Perez was among more than 35 applicants for the Kingsville ISD role. view article arw

KINGSVILLE, Texas — A former Corpus Christi high school principal is now headed to Kingsville.  Former Ray High School Principal and current West Oso ISD Assistant Superintendent Cissy Perez has been selected as the lone finalist for the superintendent job at Kingsville ISD.  Perez said Kingsville is her hometown and she plans to turn the district around. She said she hopes to be in place as Kingsville ISD superintendent by August 21.   (03) view article arw

With Superintendent Greg Smith’s retirement date about five months away, the Clear Creek ISD board of trustees met with a school system reform expert to discuss their goals and expectations for finding his successor.  Board President Laura DuPont said at the start of the July 22 special meeting that the board has no succession plan in place but is open to learning what search options are available.  The search can be complex and present unexpected challenges, said Cathy Mincberg, president of the Houston-based Center for Reform of School Systems, but it ultimately comes down to finding the candidate who can form a good relationship with the board and also fit into the community.  “It’s getting that match between who you are and your community that’s really important,” she said, “[but] there's a lot of devil in those details.”    (28) view article arw

PECOS, Texas — After four superintendents here at Pecos Barstow Toyah ISD in the last academic year, one is here to stay and is ready to make some changes.  Stability is what PBTISD is looking for.  They're hoping to get it now that Brent Jaco is hired and named superintendent as of last week.  With this hiring, the district is also getting experience - Jaco has been working in education for over 21 years.  view article arw

Flour Bluff ISD has an interim superintendent while its leader recovers from health issues.  The board of trustees last week asked former superintendent Joe Kelley to step in for FBISD Superintendent David Freeman until Freeman can resume his duties.  An update on the school district 's website said Freeman has been "dealing with some health issues" for the past few months. view article arw

After a five-month search for its next superintendent, Austin ISD announced Stephanie Elizalde as the lone finalist for the position.   Stephanie Elizalde comes from Dallas ISD, where she has served as the district's chief of school leadership since 2015. According to DISD, she joined the district in 2011 as a director of the district's STEM program. Overall, she has 28 years of education leadership experience, with previous roles in San Antonio ISD and Southwest ISD.  Trustee Arati Singh said she was excited to welcome Elizalde, who showed a familiarity with AISD data and policies during the hiring process. Singh said Elizalde also spoke at length during the interview process about the importance of special education and discussed "rebranding and remarketing schools" that were at risk of closing.   view article arw

Todd Schneider Region 7 ESC Exec Dir.

The Board of Directors of the Region 7 Education Service Center (ESC) have named Mr. Todd Schneider as the new Executive Director effective September 1, 2020. “We were fortunate to receive many outstanding candidates for the position as Executive Director,” said Mr. Hugh Mixon, Chair of the Region 7 Board of Directors. “After much consideration of all the applicants, we found Mr. Schneider’s experience in small, rural and large districts to be the best match for leading our Service Center in the future.”   (22)

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