I am proud to announce that Dr. Kristin Craft, SBISD Associate Superintendent for Academics, has been named the lone finalist to be the next superintendent in Boerne ISD.  Dr. Craft has been instrumental in the academic gains made by SBISD students and our district since assuming leadership of our instructional program in 2018. Since then, our performance has steadily improved, and we now outpace our peers across the region and state.  Dr. Craft successfully navigated learning through the pandemic and put in place the strong supports that helped close learning gaps and propel our students forward. She has emphasized the importance of professional learning communities, built robust professional development for teachers and leaders and strengthened our career and technical education program. Dr. Craft has expanded CTE partnerships, and her insights have been instrumental in the design development of our new Guthrie Center and Agricultural Science Center, to be built under our 2022 Bond Program. view article arw

cALLEN — The McAllen school board’s short search for the district’s next superintendent is over after officially approving René Gutiérrez for the position Monday night. At a board meeting that evening, the school board voted 5-2 to offer a contract to Gutiérrez, who showed up near the end of the meeting to also sign and accept it. Board President Debbie Crane Aliseda and trustee Elizabeth Kittleman voted against it. “I’m excited to come back to McAllen (ISD) where I’m from … I’m ready to start working and ready to start meeting the staff and the kids and getting involved with the community as well,” Gutiérrez said following the meeting. The two-time regional superintendent of the year said the contract is for three and a half years at an annual base salary of $300,000. view article arw

Taylor ISD hires superintendent

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Trustees unanimously approved to hire Jennifer Garcia-Edwardsen as the district’s next leader at Monday, Nov. 13 at the special board meeting. “Thank you all so much,” Garcia-Edwardsen said. “I got here Friday and since Friday we have been inundated with a warm welcome. So much kindness and love from this community. We are off to do great things.” view article arw

Dr. Douglas Killian, superintendent of the Pflugerville Independent School District, has been named the lone finalist in the running to serve as superintendent of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, CFISD confirmed in a Monday release. The school district is located in an unincorporated portion of Harris County, northwest of Houston. view article arw

(Old article to give perspective) In a dramatic moment that could have been scripted in Hollywood, Miami-Dade County schools chief Alberto Carvalho on Thursday turned down an offer to run the largest school system in the country, New York’s. One reason it was so shocking: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio had announced late Wednesday that Carvalho was his choice to lead the 1.1 million-student system, and there seemed to be no question in the announcement that the offer had been accepted. Another reason: the way Carvalho delivered his news to the public. It came at the end of an hours-long emergency meeting of the Miami-Dade School Board, where Carvalho was begged to stay by students, administrators and board members. Carvalho then gave a speech to announce his decision, only to stop abruptly and ask for a five-minute break. He left the standing-room-only auditorium and returned after nearly half an hour. He started to speak again, but instead of announcing he was going to New York, he suggested he had to call de Blasio. He then asked for another break and came back to say he was staying in Miami. view article arw

Finally, more than a week after the vote, there is now a winner in the race for California’s superintendent of public instruction after the most expensive race in history for a state schools chief. State legislator Tony Thurmond, an advocate for traditional public schools, beat out charter schools supporter Marshall Tuck. He tweeted the following on Saturday: view article arw

The McAllen school board’s short search for the district’s next superintendent is over after officially approving René Gutiérrez for the position Monday night. At a board meeting that evening, the school board voted 5-2 to offer a contract to Gutiérrez, who showed up near the end of the meeting to also sign and accept it. Board President Debbie Crane Aliseda and trustee Elizabeth Kittleman voted against it. view article arw

The Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees named a lone finalist in the superintendent search process, Doug Killian, during the Nov. 13 board meeting. Killian has served as superintendent of Pflugerville ISD, an Austin-area district of about 25,000 students, since 2017.  Killian will replace retiring Superintendent Mark Henry, who held the post for 12 years. Henry’s retirement is effective this December, he announced in a May 8 message to the community. CFISD trustees who participated in the search process noted Killian’s dedication to service; his commitment to students’ welfare in supportive learning environments; his understanding of school finance and other legislative issues; and his readiness to embrace the district’s motto of “Opportunity for All.” Killian received his doctorate in educational administration from Texas A&M University, his master's degree in educational administration from Texas A&M International University, and his bachelor's degree in political science and history from Southwest Texas State University, according to PfISD's website. view article arw

UVALDE, TEXAS — A Uvalde CISD special school board meeting results in a unanimous vote for Ashley Chohlis to be named the district's Lone Superintendent Finalist. According to the district's spokesperson, Anne Marie Espinoza, Chohlis has 28 years of education experience and is currently Poth ISD's Superintendent. With the vote having taken place Chohlis now enters a 21-day waiting period. She is expected to sign a contract on or after November 27, 2023, and begin work as the Superintendent then. UCISD Board President Luis Fernandez said he is confident in Chohlis and her commitment to providing the best possible education for students in the district. He said Chohlis will bring "bring her passion and dedication to the role and make a positive impact on the education system in our district." view article arw

Uvalde CISD Board of Trustees has announced the naming of Ashley Chohlis as the Lone Superintendent Finalist. The Board retained the services of the Education Service Center, Region 20, for assistance in conducting the superintendent search to thoroughly and diligently vet all of the applicants it considered. The decision was made during a special board meeting held on November 6, 2023, where the board unanimously voted in her favor. The waiting period of 21 days is now initiated, and it is anticipated that Ashley Chohlis will sign a contract on or after November 27, 2023, and begin work as the new superintendent of Uvalde CISD. view article arw

Less than a week remains until Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District is expected to name a lone finalist to replace interim superintendent Gary Patterson. That decision could come as early as Nov. 6, according to the district. Following a string of closed special meetings tied to the search, Uvalde school trustees have two remaining, scheduled for 4 p.m. Nov. 6 and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the district’s central office. The board may take action in either meeting, according to a notice the district issued Nov. 2. The district did not act during the Oct. 23, 30, and 31 meetings, which were used to review applications and conduct first-round interviews. view article arw

School trustees selected Ashley Chohlis, the superintendent of Poth Independent School District, as the lone finalist to serve as Uvalde’s next superintendent. Chohlis was one of more than 30 candidates who initially applied for the position, district spokesperson Anne Marie Espinoza said. The decision came after a four-hour closed session meeting held Nov. 6 in the district’s central office. Chohlis will replace interim superintendent Gary Patterson. Patterson, who was always meant to serve in a temporary role, first joined the district in November of 2022 following the fall resignation of then-superintendent Hal Harrell. The decision was unanimous among trustees, according to a news release emailed late Monday. view article arw

The Rotan ISD Board of Trustees met on Monday night for the first time since approving consulting services to assist with the superintendent search. After three hours behind closed doors, trustees narrowed the list of potential candidates with formal interviews starting as early as next week. With the trustees hearing an abridged superintendent report and reviewing only written reports from… view article arw

The largest school district in the Valley is getting ready to welcome a new interim superintendent. "I'm honored and very fortunate to have served the four and half years here in the Brownsville community. The staff [is] amazing, the kids are incredible," Brownsville Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Rene Gutierrez said. Gutierrez was selected as the lone finalist superintendent for McAllen Independent School District. It was an opportunity he says he couldn't pass up. "Looking forward to going back home. I'm from McAllen and serving the community where I grew, and I attended schools," Gutierrez said. view article arw

More than 300 community leaders attended last week's event, where Plano ISD superintendent Theresa Williams. Plano ISD superintendent Theresa Williams was selected at the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Women of Today Award by nonprofit Altrusa International of Richardson Foundation. Williams was recognized for the award during the organization’s 19th Annual Outstanding Women of Today Luncheon on Oct. 27. Thirty awards were presented at the luncheon, with six awards in the education category. view article arw

Brownsville school trustees have selected a superintendent to temporarily fill the post being vacated by Dr. Rene Gutierrez. The Brownsville school board naming Dr. Jesus Chavez interim superintendent. Chavez is currently the executive director of the South Texas Association of Schools. He has previously served as superintendent of schools in Harlingen, Corpus Christi, and Round Rock. Chavez is a Brownsville native and a Brownsville schools graduate. He will take over for Gutierrez who’s been named the finalist for the superintendent’s position in the McAllen school district. view article arw

BIG COUNTRY, Texas (BIGCOUNTRYHOMEPAGE) – On a special edition of Big Country Politics, News Director Manny Diaz spoke with Wylie ISD superintendent Joey Light about an upcoming bond.  Over the past few years, the Wylie Independent School District has experienced substantial growth and continues to expand.  “When my son was playing in the state semifinal game in 2008, and we were playing Ponder, and we had about 3,300 kids, and they had about 3,300 kids; that’s district-wide. And so every time I think golly, we’ve grown a lot, I just look at, they have to what they have done, they have really grown. And so we have grown right at 2,200 kids since then,” Light explained. “Right now, we have right at 5,500 students in the district. And you know, a lot of that has come in the last five, seven years view article arw

LAREDO, Tx. (KGNS) - It’s been nearly three weeks since UISD Board members decided to propose the termination of Superintendent David Gonzalez’s employment contract for what they called, ‘Good cause’. The decision came after the district’s board members hired a law firm to investigate the findings. On Oct. 10, the seven UISD board members decided to propose the termination of Gonzalez’s employment contract ... Prior to the termination proposal, the board hired a law firm to investigate the sexual harassment accusations made against Gonzalez by an employee. KGNS obtained the documents of the investigation and its findings. There was a total of six allegations made against Gonzalez within a seven-page document. view article arw

Two school districts north of San Antonio are moving forward with searches for new leaders following the retirement announcements of both superintendents. With the search process already underway, the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City (SCUCISD) and Boerne (BISD) independent school districts will be the latest with new leadership in a tumultuous period following the COVID pandemic that has seen high turnover of both teachers and superintendents across the region and state. Clark Ealy, SCUCISD superintendent, will officially retire at the end of January after starting as the district’s leader just months before the pandemic threw education into disarray.  Jerry Perkins, SCUCISD board president Jerry Perkins said the board has hired the Texas Association of School Board Executive Search Services to conduct the search for its next leader.  “We are now conducting online surveys with our stakeholders to get input as to what kind of superintendent they are seeking, and we will follow up with scheduled community meetings,” he said. “The SCUC school board will then narrow down the candidates until we reach consensus on a finalist for the superintendent position.”  The district has set up an online questionnaire for community members to provide feedback. view article arw

he Brownsville Independent School District on Thursday named Brownsville native and BISD graduate Jesus H. Chavez as interim superintendent of schools, effective as soon as negotiations conclude for the position. The BISD Board of Trustees announced the decision after meeting behind closed doors for about 90 minutes to review 15 applications for the position. Board attorney Nick Maddox made the announcement, which follows former superintendent Rene Gutierrez being named the lone finalist for the open superintendency of the McAllen Independent School District. In a statement, the board characterized Chavez, who like Gutierrez holds a doctorate in education, as a “dedicated leader who understands the unique needs of the community and students. Having served Brownsville ISD in the past as a teacher and assistant principal, he has a proven commitment to educational excellence and has prior experience in working collaboratively with all stakeholders in other communities.” view article arw

A graduate of Brownsville ISD is returning to lead the district. Jesus Chavez was unanimously chosen by the Brownsville school board to serve as the interim superintendent in a Thursday meeting. Chavez, a graduate of Gladys Porter High School, has served as interim superintendent for other school districts in the past. The announcement was made the week after the district’s current superintendent — Rene Gutierrez — was named the sole finalist for the position at McAllen ISD. view article arw

The Aubrey Independent School District (ISD) Board of Trustees unanimously named Dr. Shannon Saylor as the Lone Finalist for Superintendent of Schools. “We feel very fortunate that someone with Dr. Saylor’s expertise and experience has served our district for 23 years,” Aubrey ISD Board of Trustees President Jim Milacek said. “We’re confident that she’ll do a fantastic job as the leader of Aubrey ISD.” With 29 years as a public school educator, Dr. Saylor is the current assistant superintendent of human resources and student services and the Title IX coordinator in Aubrey ISD. She began her career as a teacher/coach in Lewisville ISD. In addition to her current role in Aubrey ISD, Dr. Saylor has served as a teacher, head volleyball coach, high school counselor, high school assistant principal and opened Monaco Elementary School as principal. She also held roles as a high school principal in Paradise and Sanger ISDs. Dr. Saylor has also completed advanced training at Harvard University Principal’s Center in Enhancing Instruction in Secondary Schools and An Evolving Vision. As an assistant superintendent in Aubrey ISD, Dr. Saylor has led the District team in the creation and development of goals and tactics for the strategic plan. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she led the District’s health response, including launching the COVID-19 testing center for district staff and students; including Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) lab certification through the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Dr. Saylor chaired the Calendar, School Health Advisory and District of Innovation committees. She has also led the Safe and Supportive School Program with the lead counselor and chief of police to develop plans for response and intervention to assess risks and threats. Among numerous other accomplishments, Dr. Saylor developed the District’s long range staffing plan based on the demographic report for anticipated fast growth and implementation of new courses, activities and sports. view article arw

Tonya J. Harris has been named the lone candidate for Superintendent of Itasca ISD. This announcement begins the 21-day waiting period required by state law before a superintendent can sign a contract and begin working for a district. View the full press release here: view article arw

As part of the superintendent search, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD officials are requesting community feedback for the qualities desired in a new leader.  A survey is open to residents, district employees and other stakeholders in the community. According to district officials, this survey will help develop a profile for superintendent candidates.   Questions within the survey revolve around the strengths of the district, its weaknesses and the characteristics the community is looking for while searching for a superintendent.  The TASB and the board of trustees will open the position to potential candidates, and the board of trustees will conduct interviews for the next superintendent with the goal of having a replacement by the time Ealy retires Jan. 31. view article arw

The Brownsville Independent School District Board of Trustees on Monday named the Austin law firm of O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo to conduct the search for a new superintendent of schools. The board unanimously supported board President Jessica B. Gonzalez’s motion to name the firm. Board attorney Nick Maddox then announced that nominations for interim superintendent will close at noon Thursday in time for the board to review them at 5:30 p.m. Maddox said whoever is named interim superintendent will not be eligible for the permanent position and promised an open, transparent and robust selection process. view article arw

TAYLOR, Texas (KXAN) -– The Taylor Independent School District Board of Trustees named their lone finalist for superintendent on Tuesday night. Dr. Jennifer Garcia-Edwardsen will start Nov. 13, the district announced. She was Chief of Schools at New Braunfels ISD, Deputy Academic Officer at Hays CISD and a teacher, assistant principal and principal in Del Valle ISD.  “We believe Dr. Garcia-Edwardsen’s strong instructional leadership and high expectations will help every student achieve their unique potential. We are excited for the future of our district and community,” Taylor ISD President Marco Ortiz said in the district statement. “I am truly thrilled and profoundly thankful for the opportunity to serve the Taylor ISD community. Our family is enthusiastic about growing alongside Taylor as we embark on growth and development in the area,” said Garcia-Edwardsen in the statement. view article arw

The Brenham School Board has narrowed down its list of candidates for the school superintendent position. After meeting in executive session for several hours on Wednesday to go through the list of applications received, trustees chose five applicants to interview. Information on individual candidates was not provided, and the full number of people who applied was not immediately available. view article arw

Taylor Independent School District has found its next leader. The district’s board of trustees named Jennifer Garcia-Edwardsen as the lone finalist for its vacant superintendent position late in the evening Tuesday, Oct. 24. Garcia-Edwardsen, who previously served as chief of schools at New Braunfels ISD, is expected to start at Taylor ISD after the mandatory 21-day waiting period. “We believe Dr. Garcia-Edwardsen’s strong instructional leadership and high expectations will help every student achieve their unique potential,” Board President Marco Ortiz said. “We are excited for the future of our district and community.” Prior to her previous role, she served as a deputy academic officer at Hays CISD where she directed curriculum, instructional objectives and campus alignment, a press release said. Pic at the article link) view article arw

Waxahachie High School Principal Tonya J. Harris has been named the lone finalist for superintendent of Itasca ISD, Waxahachie ISD announced Monday. Harris has been the principal of Waxahachie High School since 2019. She also served as the assistant principal of the Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy from 2014 to 2016 and the Waxahachie High School of Choice coordinator from 2010 to 2014. view article arw

The McAllen Independent School District Board of Trustees picked Rene Gutierrez, current superintendent of Brownsville ISD, as lone finalist to lead McAllen schools during a special meeting Monday. Gutierrez has served as superintendent in Brownsville since 2019. view article arw

With nearly 31 years of service in Texas public schools and 12 years as superintendent of Royse City ISD, Kevin Worthy announced his retirement today. Mr. Worthy will continue to serve the district as superintendent through the end of the current semester and support the school board with a pending leadership transition. The Board of Trustees will begin discussions about the superintendent search and future leader of Royse CIty ISD. Deputy Superintendent Dr. Amy Anderson will lead the district as interim superintendent beginning in January of 2024. “Serving the students, staff and community of Royse City ISD has been an amazing and life-changing experience. I am so proud of the successes that our students and staff have achieved,” said Mr. Worthy. “From those early days in 2012, my family and I knew that we found a relationship-oriented culture that would love and take care of us. view article arw

Burnet Consolidated Independent School District ...No Article:  BCISD superintendent retiring in June '24 - https://www.dailytrib.com › 2023/09/12 › bcisd-superi.  Sep 12, 2023 — Superintendent Keith McBurnett has made it official that this will be his last year with the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District ... read more arw

Duval County’s School Board halted its search for a new superintendent Wednesday, saying it would look again next year in hopes of finding more top-shelf candidates. “We were struggling with the applicant pool,” School Board Chair Kelly Coker said after a meeting where search advisers said several of the 10 people who applied didn’t meet minimum qualifications. Superintendent Dana Kriznar, whom board members tapped this year to hold the job until December, agreed Wednesday to remain in the post through June 30, a school district spokesman said. view article arw

Dr. Keith Brooks announced on Tuesday his resignation as superintendent for Corrigan-Camden ISD in a joint statement with the Board of Trustees. “An agreement has been reached which allows Dr. Brooks the ability to pursue other interests and permits the Board to pursue hiring another superintendent,” the statement said. Mineola, Winnsboro ISD look to raise $5,000 in first pantry raid battle Brooks employment contract with the district was signed on April 17 for a three year term meant to end on April 17, 2026. His contract states he is able to leave without penalty by filing a written resignation with the Board. “The resignation must be addressed to the Board and filed not later than the 45th day before the first day of instruction the following year,” the contract states. “The superintendent must resign with the consent of the Board at any other time.” view article arw

cALLEN — The McAllen ISD board of trustees voted 5-2 to name Brownsville ISD superintendent René Gutiérrez as the finalist for the district’s vacant superintendent position at a special meeting Monday. The split vote appears to involve concerns over his salary in Brownsville. Four months after their former superintendent J.A Gonzalez left McAllen ISD and took the helm at the Harlingen school district, the board named a finalist and by law must wait 21 days before negotiating a contract. Trustees Sam Saldivar, Sofia Peña, Erica de la Garza-Lopez, Lucia Regalado and Aaron Rivera voted to approve the decision. Board president Debbie Crane Aliseda and trustee Elizabeth Kittleman voted against it.  Gutiérrez, who graduated from McAllen High School in 1983, has been the Brownsville ISD superintendent since June 2019. His experience includes being the Edinburg school district superintendent from 2009 to 2019. Prior to that, Gutiérrez worked as a teacher and administrator. view article arw