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During a virtual College Station ISD Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday, Mike Martindale was officially named the new district leader. Martindale has been the Interim Superintendent since January and was named the sole finalist in February. His annual salary will be $237,000 and his term will end June 30, 2023. view article arw

Dr. Guy M. Sconzo, who served as Humble ISD Superintendent of Schools from 2001 to 2016, passed away while surrounded by beloved family on Tuesday, April 21, following a battle with cancer. Dr. Sconzo worked in education for four decades, serving students in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. His career included 26 years as a Superintendent, including 15 years in Texas serving Humble ISD. Since retiring from Humble ISD, he served as Executive Director of the Fast Growth School Coalition.  view article arw

With schools closed for the remainder of the year, Ector County ISD Superintendent Scott Muri said the district continues to make improvements to its remote learning resources. The latest is the result of feedback from parents and students. “Our website for remote learning received a pretty significant upgrade today (Monday) so parents and kids that accessed week five, which started today, will notice a different look and feel on our parent portal and that’s really a result of feedback from moms and dads and kids that have been using the environment for the first four weeks. Those suggestions have allowed us to continue to improve,” Muri said. view article arw

During a video conference meeting Tuesday, the College Station school board unanimously named Mike Martindale the district’s superintendent.  Martindale, who had served as the district’s deputy superintendent and chief financial officer since January 2016, was named interim superintendent Feb. 3, following Clark Ealy’s departure to take over the superintendent position in the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City district. view article arw

The Arlington School Board should be able to beat the clock in selecting its next superintendent.  “Hopefully in May we’ll be announcing our new superintendent as scheduled,” School Board Chairman Tannia Talento said on April 16.  Despite the public-health pandemic, “we did not slow down [the selection] process,” Talento said. “We have continued with our review of applications and interviews. We will be entering into contract negotiations, hopefully soon.”  Patrick Murphy, who had served as superintendent for a decade, departed last August for a post in West Virginia. In his place, veteran local educator Cintia Johnson has been serving as interim superintendent.   (24) view article arw

The Marlin ISD Board of Managers went over documents concerning the current superintendent search during the executive session at Friday’s Special Meeting.  The search is ongoing and no actions were taken on it during the meeting. There were two special meeting agendas posted on Friday, April 17 for Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22. The only agenda item on each of these is a closed session “for the purpose of interviewing Superintendent applicants.” view article arw

The West Sabine ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to welcome in Mrs. Cristal Joslin as Superintendent. Mrs. Joslin comes to WSISD after serving over 21 years in the field of education. Mrs. Joslin provided leadership as the Director of the Deep East Texas College and Career Alliance (DETCCA), an initiative made possible through TLL Temple Foundation to align college and career pathways in partnership with Lamar Institute of Technology and Stephen F. Austin State University, through academic and CTE dual credit opportunities for Jasper ISD, Newton ISD, Woodville ISD, Spurger ISD, Burkeville ISD and Kirbyville CISD.   (22)

Merkel Independent School District trustees are interviewing search firm representatives for replacing Superintendent Bryan Allen, who is set to leave the district later this week. Trustees interviewed a number of firms during a school board meeting Monday.  The meeting is still in progress Monday night. Access is available through this Zoom meeting online.  Allen has been Merkel's chief executive since 2015. He joined the district as high school principal in 2012.   (22) view article arw

“Community Matters” is the monthly public-affairs program produced by the Santa Fe Community Foundation and hosted by SFCF President and Chief Executive Officer, Bill Smith. This month, Bill’s guest is Santa Fe Public Schools’ Superintendent, Doctor Veronica Garcia. view article arw

Rogers nominated for award

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The Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees has approved a resolution to nominate Superintendent Kevin Rogers for the Texas Association of School Boards Superintendent of the Year award.“I’m very humbled,” Rogers said. “To me it’s just my privilege to get to work in a role that I’ve been in, had the opportunity to work in LISD for the past 34 years and had the opportunity to work with the seven of you to continue to serve our students and our community.”  Regional officials will evaluate the nominations and select five to send to the state level. view article arw

Rick Hartley is excited about serving the community of Blooming Grove ISD. He comes to us after serving as Superintendent of Shepherd ISD and, previously, Assistant Superintendent in Waco ISD. Having been an educator for 32 years, he brings a passion for providing students opportunities to be more than they imagined. Mr. Hartley has been married to Barbara for 34 years. They have a daughter, son-in-law, and four wonderful grandchildren. His hobbies away from school are centered around reading, wood working, golf, and motorcycle rides. They enjoy small town living and are looking forward to becoming part of the community.   (21) read more arw

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Josh Starr, CEO of PDK International, previously served as superintendent in the Montgomery County public schools in Maryland and in Stamford, Conn. Josh has been immersed in conversations with teachers and education leaders across the nation regarding how they’re responding to the coronavirus. I thought it worth checking in with Josh about what he’s hearing and on any thoughts he could share. Here’s what he had to say. view article arw

WESLACO, Texas – IDEA Public Schools co-founder Tom Torkelson has resigned as the charter’s CEO and will be replaced by the other co-founder, JoAnn Gama.  Al Lopez, IDEA’s board chair made the announcement in a letter to IDEA team members on Friday.   “As chair of IDEA’s Board of Directors, I am writing after our meeting this evening to share the news that Tom Torkelson has resigned to embark on the next chapter of his career and that the Board has appointed JoAnn Gama, our current President & Superintendent, to be IDEA’s new Chief Executive Officer,” Lopez wrote.   (20) view article arw

HOLLIDAY (KFDX/KJTL)— Just shy of 10 years as superintendent of the Holliday school system, Kevin Dyes is retiring.  The Holliday ISD Board met Monday night and accepted Dyes’ resignation.  Dyes took over as superintendent in 2011, after previous Superintendent Clarke Boyd left in January that year. view article arw

BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Beth Scioneaux, acting State Superintendent of Schools, today responded to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’s announcement Louisiana school facilities will remain closed for the duration of the school year.  In her statement, Scioneaux emphasized the need for continued learning and for strong preparation for the 2020-2021 school year:  “We respect the decision of the Governor to extend the closure of school facilities to students for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year to ensure the health and safety of our citizens.   view article arw

Largent Consulting is proud to announce that the Center ISD School Board has selected Dr. Brian Morris as the Lone Finalist to become their next superintendent.  Currently the superintendent of Columbus ISD, Dr. Morris had prior administrative stints in Hallsville and Huntington.  Widely praised in Columbus for quickly improving the academics, attendance, and other school district metrics, Dr. Morris has a reputation for setting high expectations and being very visible on campus and in the community.   He brings with him his wife, Meredith, who is a Math Interventionist.  They have two kids, Morgan, a student at Texas A&M, and Jake, who will be a high school sophomore next year.   (17) read more arw

From TASA Daily - Lloyd Treadwell, long-time public educator and TASA member service representative, has announced he will retire at the end of June. Lloyd began his career as a teacher in Austin in 1964 and has served in numerous capacities, including superintendent. In addition to being a member service rep for TASA since 2001, Lloyd has served as an interim superintendent 10 different times across the state. "Lloyd is a class act in every way," said TASA Executive Director Kevin Brown, "He is a public education champion who exudes class, grace, professionalism, and goodness. Our family at TASA will miss him immensely but we know that he deserves a great retirement." Because we can't currently have an in-person celebration to honor Lloyd, please email your well wishes to him. Congratulations Lloyd! You have touched many lives - Thank You.  (17) read more arw

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — School administrators across America are trying to re-imagine classrooms — and the prospect of reopening schools — in the era of social distancing.  Will there be staggered start times? Will students be asked to wear face coverings? Will class sizes be cut in half? What about school assemblies and sports and school buses and lunchtime? view article arw

The Jasper Independent School District is expected to soon vote current Director of Operations John Seybold as its next Superintendent. The board is scheduled to meet in regular session on Monday, April 20th at 7:00 p.m., however, due to Coronavirus the agenda says that no spectators will be allowed in the board room. Instead, the agenda said that those interested can watch a video of the meeting which will be posted on the school district’s website.  Seybold was recently named the lone finalist for the position which became vacant after last year’s departure of Dr. Gerald Hudson.  Meanwhile, Dr. Steve Hyden has been serving as Interim Superintendent. An agenda item for Monday’s meeting says that the board will consider Hyden’s resignation, which would be effective May 31st, 2020.   (16) view article arw

HOLLIDAY (KFDX/KJTL)— Just shy of 10 years as superintendent of the Holliday school system, Kevin Dyes is retiring.  The Holliday ISD Board met Monday night and accepted Dyes’ resignation.  Dyes took over as superintendent in 2011, after previous Superintendent Clarke Boyd left in January that year. view article arw

After Weatherford ISD named Montgomery ISD Superintendent Beau Rees as the lone finalist for its new superintendent position, MISD is now looking to hire its own new superintendent.  At its April 13 livestreamed board meeting, trustees unanimously voted to release a request for proposals for search firms to advice the board on the hiring of a new superintendent.  The board had convened in closed session discuss the superintendent transition prior to its vote. Trustee Matt Fuller made the motion, and neither the trustees or superintendent discussed the decision during the meeting. view article arw

Lake Travis ISD Superintendent Brad Lancaster announced in a live broadcast April 9 that the search process for his replacement will experience a delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  After more than eight years with the district, Lake Travis ISD Superintendent Brad Lancaster will officially retire this summer, with his final day scheduled for July 1. Prior to the coronavirus outbreak and district closure, LTISD contracted services with Thompson & Horton LLP to aid in the search process for a new superintendent.  LTISD Communications Director Marco Alvarado confirmed the process timeline will lag by about two months, with the expected start date for the new superintendent now set for Aug. 1. view article arw

A special Columbus ISD board of trustees meeting took place Tuesday, Apr. 14 at 6 p.m. to deliberate hiring an interim Superintendent.  Dr. Brian Morris has been Superintendent of Columbus ISD since August 2016.  Morris was hired after Ester Chandler resigned from the position in May 2016.  Due to The Citizen’s Tuesday noon press deadline, more details on what action took place at the meeting can be found online at view article arw

Navarro ISD Board of Trustees named Wendi Russell as the lone finalist for the superintendent.  The decision was announced following a special school board meeting on Tuesday night.  According to a release by Navarro ISD, Russell is a 30-year veteran of education and currently serves as the interim superintendent at Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD, where she previously served as assistant superintendent. She also served as assistant superintendent of VanAlstyne ISD.   (15) view article arw

In the time in between when an agenda was drawn up for an emergency meeting of the Sealy ISD Board of Trustees and the actual meeting took place, Governor Greg Abbott established orders to keep schools closed until May 4 and postpone all local elections.  Although two of the four items on the agenda were to discuss those topics where action had previously been made for them, the meeting was not all for naught as one of the final steps was made in the search for a new superintendent. view article arw

In confusing times many choose to question or criticize the leaders of a family, school, community and country.  When times get tough and the future is uncertain, individuals can fail to trust the plan for the greater good. The panic and anxiety created in these times can lead individuals to seek a selfish and self-centered way of thinking. view article arw

After several weeks of searching, the Weatherford school district has selected Reagan C. (Beau) Rees as its lone finalist as next superintendent.  The board of trustees announced Rees’ hiring Thursday in a special meeting via a unanimous vote. Texas law requires the school board wait 21 days before formally approving a contract with Rees.  (14) view article arw

Spearman ISD Vacancy

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Spearman ISD has a superintendent vacancy with an application deadline of 6/01/20.   Application Information  - Search by Spearman ISD Board of Trustees.   (14)

Already grappling with the unprecedented challenge of educating students amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Madison School District is confronting an unexpected side effect — the sudden loss of a new superintendent.  The Madison School Board’s selection, Matthew Gutierrez, is walking away from the job two months before he was to start, stating in a letter last week to board President Gloria Reyes that the coronavirus made him reconsider his commitment to the suburban San Antonio school district he leads. view article arw

“Remember,” Keller ISD Superintendent Rick Westfall said, “don’t let the pigeon drive the bus!”  The book of that name by author Mo Willems was the first in a weekly reading series Keller ISD is offering for parents and students throughout the district. Westfall has read a number of books from The Pigeon Series, such as “The Pigeon Has to Go to School.”  The weekly event allows Westfall, who would regularly visit elementary schools before on-campus closures, to continue connecting with younger readers on a regular basis. view article arw

SWEETWATER, Texas (News Release) — At a special called meeting on April 2, the Sweetwater  Independent School District (SISD) school board named Dr. Drew Howard the lone finalist for the position of superintendent of schools.  Dr. Howard has served in education for 15 years. During this time, he has served students as an elementary and secondary principal,  superintendent, and most recently as the senior director of school governance for the Texas Education Agency.  He earned his degree, Doctor of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, from Tarleton State University.   (03) view article arw

Gutierrez’s decision to stay in the Sequin Independent School District instead of relocating to Madison.  Gutierrez told the board he could not leave his current district “during this incredibly challenging time.”  “This was both surprising and disappointing,” said MMSD School Board President, Gloria Reyes.   (08) view article arw

A journey for the Center ISD Board of Trustees which began nearly five months ago could be coming to a culmination this week if a final decision is made on hiring a new superintendent.  The board began the process soon after former Center ISD Superintendent, Dr. James Hockenberry, submitted his resignation in early December, when he accepted a position with Longview ISD as an assistant superintendent.  Serving at the helm of the district on an interim basis has been Dr. Arnie Kelley who was retained in January.   (08) view article arw

Stephen Harrell may be Deer Park Independent School District’s next superintendent, but even he still listens when his mom doles out advice.  The longtime educator and coach is set to take over for the current superintendent, Victor White, whose contract ends Aug. 31. However, Harrel’s subsequent move from teaching to administration and now to the district’s top job was one he said he likely wouldn’t have made had it not been from a maternal nudge.   (08) view article arw