The Board of Education for New Home Independent School District proudly announces Mr. Toby Tucker as the new Superintendent of Schools. This action was taken at a Board meeting after the state-mandated 21-day waiting period was met. Mr. Tucker was then officially hired as Superintendent. Mr. Tucker and his family are looking forward to becoming part of the New Home community.

The Board of Education for Ropes Independent School District proudly announces Mr. Dade Cosby as the new Superintendent of Schools. This action was taken at a Board meeting after the state-mandated 21-day waiting period was met. Mr. Cosby was then officially hired as Superintendent. Mr. Cosby has 14 years of experience in Texas public schools and is currently the Superintendent at Cross Plains ISD. Prior to that, he served as a principal at Cross Plains ISD and served at Lubbock Cooper ISD and Knox City-O’Brian ISD. He and his wife, Laura, have an 18-month old son, Deacon. Laura is in the retail business. The Cosby’s are looking forward to becoming part of the Ropes ISD community. read more arw

Whitehouse ISD on Monday named the lone finalist for its superintendent position. During a special board meeting, trustees approved Dr. Casey Whittle as the top candidate for the role. This comes after former Whitehouse ISD Superintendent Dr. Christopher Moran left the school district to become superintendent of San Angelo ISD. Moran had been superintendent since 2016. view article arw

Willis ISD approves $1,500 teacher raises  Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect WISD Superintendent Kimberley James will be approved by the board at a special meeting on April 22. This story has also been updated to clarify which positions will receive the $1,500 salary increase and that the increase will be applied to the district's pay scales.   At its April 10 meeting, the Willis ISD board of trustees unanimously approved a $1,500 salary increase for teachers, counselors, librarians and registered nurses for the 2024-25 school year. The raise will be applied to each level on the pay scales for the applicable positions. view article arw

Bobby Donald Browning - Obituary

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Bob was a principal in Laneville, Duncanville, and Desoto ISD, then became a Superintendent in Tyler, Elysian Fields (twice), Waxahachie, and Hallsville. Not known for always following the rules, he definitely followed his heart in serving people- especially kids. view article arw

A new report reveals Republican State Rep. Gary VanDeaver of New Boston was a paid consultant for a lobbying firm. A 2022 personal financial statement, first reported by the Dallas Express, shows that VanDeaver was employed by Powell Law Group from 2020-2022. According to the firm’s website, the group offers “turnkey public policy and governmental affairs programs for school district leaders and businesses in the education space who want to influence local and state legislative and regulatory matters.” While VanDeaver claimed the Powell Group “is not a lobby firm,” the group’s own website states that their government relations services include lobbying. view article arw

The Whitehouse ISD Board of Trustees approved Dr. Casey Whittle as the lone finalist for Superintendent of Schools during its April 15 meeting. With nearly twenty-five years dedicated to public education, Dr. Whittle brings a depth of experience and knowledge to WISD. Dr. Whittle has served as Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources at Wylie ISD since 2020. view article arw

The Rains Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously named Mr. Joe Nicks as the Lone Finalist for Superintendent of Schools. “It was very apparent throughout this process how deeply the board cares about the community and the school district,” Mr. Nicks said. “I am extremely humbled and honored by the trust that they have placed in me, and I am excited to join the Wildcat family.” Mr. Nicks is the current Asst. Superintendent of Academics for Kaufman ISD. Nicks is a former high school principal at Canton High School 2008-13, and at Lamesa High School 2002-08. He and his wife Jamie have been married for 32 years and have three adult children. view article arw

Lorenzo ISD Board of Trustees is excited to announce the Lone Finalist for Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Greg Nelson. Dr. Nelson started his 32-year career as a classroom teacher in in Midland ISD and has served as an administrator for over 28 years. Dr. Nelson’s administrative career includes serving an elementary assistant principal and principal, as a K-8 Charter School Director, and as an assistant and associate high school principal. Dr. Nelson also served as High School Principal for Fort Stockton High School and for Odessa High School. He was an Assistant Superintendent in Ector County ISD and currently serves in the same role in Lamesa ISD.

In a special board meeting held Monday, April 1 at 3 pm, Willis ISD Trustees, in a unanimous vote, named Dr. Kimberley James Lone Finalist for the Superintendent of Schools position. Dr. James is the Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction for Corpus Christi ISD, a district with a student enrollment of 33,107 students, a role she has held since 2021. Before that she was the Chief of Staff and a high school principal in Corpus Christi. Dr. James has also served as a special education teacher, dance team director, assistant principal and principal at all secondary levels in Humble ISD, Aldine ISD and Aransas County ISD. view article arw

Humble ISD trustees voted Tuesday to accept the retirement of the superintendent's husband, Troy Kite, and to release the findings of a lengthy Title IX investigation that, alongside multiple related Title IX cases, cost the district more than $500,000 to mediate. Kite, Humble ISD’s executive director of UIL and fine arts, is married to Humble ISD Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen. A Title IX complaint was first filed by assistant athletic director Jana Williams against Kite nearly a year ago. Kite made two complaints in response: his own Title IX complaint and a general grievance. Discussion of these complaints has been held in closed session by the Board of Trustees over the course of months. ADVERTISEMENT Article continues below this ad VIOLATION ALLEGED: National law firm says Humble and Angleton ISD are violating Voting Rights Act Parents have been asking in recent meetings for the district to bring to light the allegations and why more than $500,000 was necessary to litigate the process with outside counsel. Trustees answered this call Tuesday, voting 4-3 after a lengthy debate to make the documents regarding the Title IX investigations public. "At some point, you as our elected leaders have to ask yourself how many dollars we can pay – knowing that every dollar spent on these investigations could have been invested in our teachers and students," said Oscar Silva, a parent who serves as an administrator of Humble ISD's parents social media group. Three trustees disagreed vehemently with the call to make the reports public before all of the relevant Title IX investigations are completed and before the Attorney General's decision. But the majority voted for immediate transparency, although it is not clear yet when the documents will be released to the public. “We spent a lot of money and that’s your money, you deserve to know where it went,” said trustee Michael Grabowski, which was met with audience applause. ADVERTISEMENT Article continues below this ad Trustee Ken Kirchofer noted that the outside counsel fees may have soared as high as $800,000 as of Tuesday. Another agenda item stated the board could take action regarding the employment duties of the superintendent, which some trustees said caught them by surprise when the agenda was posted over the weekend. The board took no action on that agenda item, after accepting Kite's retirement. Trustee Martina Lemond Dixon said she was “furious” that the superintendent’s team had been attacked by the public. “This is truly unacceptable,” Dixon said. “In my opinion we have the best superintendent by far.” IN HISD: Mike Miles says HISD may backtrack on plan to add English-only track at two popular immersion schools Fagen makes $338,756 at her post in Humble ISD, which began after she was appointed in July 2016. She worked as superintendent in Arizona’s Tucson Unified School District and Colorado’s Douglas County School District for eight years combined. "I recused myself from this matter on May 4, 2023, and therefore, have made no decisions regarding any of the pending Title IX complaints, including spending," Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen said in a statement after the meeting. Trustee Robert Sitton publicly thanked her for everything she had done as superintendent of the district. The divided board has become problematic for the district, according to some speakers at the meeting. "Humble ISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent may be rained upon like Houston ISD if TEA Commissioner Mike Morath sees the incompetence that this board has displayed this past year," said Yavonne Martinez, referring to the recent Texas Education Agency takeover of the district. Stakeholders asked the board to return its focus on students. Many in the audience reacted with frustration during ongoing board discussion. One audience member even brought popcorn to the meeting in a red-striped plastic popcorn box. “What’s going on with this board is unacceptable,” trustee Marques Holmes said at the start of the meeting. “We’re not a team of eight anymore," Sitton echoed. "It’s dysfunctional at best." view article arw

On Monday, the Socorro ISD Board of Trustees appointed Deputy Superintendent James Vasquez as Interim Superintendent. It comes at a time the district faces an over $30-million-dollar deficit, conservatorship by the Texas Education Agency and Superintendent Nate Carman was placed on paid administrative leave. view article arw

LUFKIN, Texas (KETK) – The Lufkin Board of Trustees announced on Monday that they have named Dr. James Hockenberry as their lone finalist to become the new superintendent. 2024 Solar Eclipse in East Texas Hockenberry has been the Longview ISD Assistant Superintendent for District Services since 2020 and spent 14 years as a superintendent in Center ISD and Chireno ISD. “The board considered 43 applications, community input, two layers of interviews and reference and background checks in our extensive search for our next superintendent,” Kristi Gay, Lufkin ISD board president, said. “Dr. James Hockenberry is the Board’s unanimous choice to fill this position. He has extensive experience and knowledge in all aspects of leading school districts, as well as good communication skills. We look forward to working with Dr. Hockenberry.” view article arw

James Hockenberry is now the lone finalist for the job of superintendent at Lufkin ISD, positioning him to be appointed once the state’s 21-day mandatory waiting period elapses. The Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to nominate Hockenberry as the lone finalist during a special meeting Monday. Wayne Haglund, the Lufkin ISD legal counsel, said that based on state law the board must wait 21 days after announcing a superintendent candidate before entering into a contract. Hockenberry has served for the last four years as assistant superintendent of Longview ISD, part of his 29 years of work as an educator. He also served as superintendent of Center ISD and Chireno ISD for a total of 13 years, said Lufkin ISD Board president Kristi Gay as she introduced Hockenberry. She also noted his experience as a teacher — including four years as a high school science teacher. view article arw

The Abilene ISD School Board announced Dr. John Kuhn as the lone finalist for the position of superintendent. Kuhn brings extensive knowledge of public education and 27 years of experience as he transitions into the superintendent position, according to an AISD media release. view article arw

The Pflugerville ISD board of trustees unanimously named Dr. Quintin Shepherd as the lone finalist for the district’s superintendent search during its board workshop meeting April 4. Shepherd has served as superintendent of Victoria ISD since 2018. Per Texas law, the board will observe a 21-day waiting period before officially hiring Shepherd. view article arw

The Pflugerville Independent School District Board of Trustees named a lone finalist for the role of superintendent during its Thursday night meeting. Dr. Quintin Shepherd was named as PfISD’s superintendent finalist. He has served as the superintendent for Victoria ISD since 2018, with previous leadership roles in Iowa and Illinois, according to PfISD’s announcement. view article arw

Dr. Malinda Golden has played many roles in public education. “And I have loved every second of it,” she says. Her love for teaching began as a classroom science teacher–inspired by her mom who was also an educator.

A group of pastors, parents, and community leaders concerned about explicit books in kids’ libraries confronted the Fort Bend Independent School District Board of Trustees this week. The citizens took issue with several titles available for children to check out in school libraries across the district, many of which Texas Scorecard reviewed earlier this month. Pastor John K. Amanchukwu, who addressed Midland ISD’s board last week regarding its inappropriate book problem, specifically questioned the Fort Bend ISD board about the title House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas in district libraries. view article arw

Austin is currently the deputy superintendent at Trinity Basin Preparatory in Dallas. view article arw

For more than a decade, T. Lamar Goree has been the leader of public schools in north Louisiana's Caddo Parish. That changes at the end of the current academic school year. Goree is the lone finalist for superintendent of the Duncanville Independent School District in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area of Texas. view article arw

The Archer City ISD school board officially hired Hico Superintendent Jon Hartgraves as the district’s next superintendent during its board meeting Tuesday, March 26. Hartgraves has served as superintendent of Hico ISD since 2012 and served as superintendent of Gordon ISD before that. He grew up in Hamilton and attended Tarleton State University. His first job was at Waco Connally as a math… view article arw

Socorro Superintendent Nate Carman took several steps shortly after arriving in the district in 2022 that led to the award of contracts to a company he had previously done business with in South Texas, an external auditor hired by the district told the school board Monday. After a presentation from the auditor and a lengthy closed-door discussion, the board voted 6-0 to place Carman on administrative leave with pay. Board Chair Michael Najera abstained from the vote without explanation. view article arw

The Archer City ISD school board officially hired Hico Superintendent Jon Hartgraves as the district’s next superintendent during its board meeting Tuesday, March 26. Hartgraves has served as superintendent of Hico ISD since 2012 and served as superintendent of Gordon ISD before that. He grew up in Hamilton and attended Tarleton State University. view article arw

The Sharyland ISD school board named Elaine Howard, deputy superintendent of Boerne ISD, as the finalist for superintendent position with current superintendent Maria Vidaurri retiring. After three days of conducting interviews in special board meetings, the school district announced Howard as the lone finalist at a board meeting on Monday. view article arw

Bonham ISD Board of Trustees named Dr. Joy Wilson as the lone finalist for Superintendent of Schools for Bonham ISD at their Mar. 20, 2024, meeting. After the state-required 21-day waiting period, Dr. Wilson is set to become the district’s next leader following the retirement of current BISD superintendent, Kelly Trompler. Dr. Wilson is delighted to return to Bonham ISD where she began her education, attending kindergarten at Stephenson School. Her mother, a class of 1969 Bonhi graduate, is thrilled to have her daughter serve as the next superintendent at her alma mater. view article arw

During a special board meeting Monday to discuss audit findings, the Socorro ISD board of trustees voted unanimously to place outgoing superintendent Dr. Nate Carman on paid administrative leave. The vote came toward the end of the meeting after board members went into a lengthy executive session. view article arw

In a unanimous vote the Socorro ISD board of trustees placed Superintendent Nate Carman on paid administrative leave late Monday night. The decision comes weeks after the board decided to accept an Texas Education Agency or TEA conservatorship. President of the Board Michael Najera previously told ABC-7 that the decision to accept the conservatorship was not a result of the $33 million dollar budget deficit the school district is experiencing. view article arw

The Sharyland Independent School District Board of Trustees has named its finalist for superintendent. Elaine Howard, current Deputy Superintendent of Boerne Independent School District, was named a finalist for superintendent during their regular board meeting on Monday, according to a release. view article arw

After serving in Magnolia ISD for more than 20 years, Superintendent Todd Stephens has announced he will be stepping down from his position at the end of the 2023-24 school year. Stephens, who joined the district in 1999, announced that he would be retiring after spending 43 years in education, according to a release by the district. view article arw

She was there, and then she was gone.  About halfway through the Burton Independent School District’s March board meeting Tuesday night, trustees approved the voluntary retirement agreement with Superintendent Edna Kennedy.  After a round of thanks, Kennedy got up from her seat at the dias and left the room.  Accepting her retirement was a scheduled item on the agenda, as was hiring a search firm and naming an interim superintendent.  Both also happened Tuesday as the board turned to retired Jefferson ISD Superintendent Rob Barnwell as interim boss. He is expected to start next week.   “We picked one of the gentlemen we interviewed,” Burton ISD board President Jeff Harmel told The Banner-Press on Wednesday morning. “We hope he can start next Monday (March 25). We’re hopefully going to visit with him again today (to finalize details of his contract), and we want him to start right away.” view article arw

The Brownsville Independent School District announced the appointment of its new superintendent. Jesus H. Chavez will be the new Superintendent of Schools for the district, following a Board of Trustees meeting that was held Wednesday. view article arw

Normangee ISD named its lone finalist for Superintendent Friday. More than 50 candidates submitted an application, but Justin Vercher came out on top. He has over 23 years of experience in education and currently serves as the high school principal at Hillsboro High School. He has also worked in Northwest ISD, Birdville ISD, Forney ISD, Katy ISD and Little River ISD. view article arw

The Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees contemplated a presentation Tuesday focusing on staffing levels during a widespread period of declining enrollment. Amanda Brownson, deputy executive director at the Texas Association of School Business Officials, delivered the presentation during the board’s regular workshop. The report was part of a larger study coordinated by Curtis Culwell, of Culwell Consulting LLC, that the school district commissioned last year. Deputy Superintendent Kurt Stephens said after Tuesday’s workshop that the study extends to “school funding, revenue, staffing, enrollment and looking at all of that as a whole.” view article arw

The lone finalist has been named for Bonham ISD’s next superintendent. According to a social media post, at its meeting on Wednesday, the school board named Dr. Joy Wilson to fill the position. After a state-required 21-day waiting period, Dr. Wilson will become the new leader following the retirement of current BISD Superintendent, Kelly Trompler. view article arw