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

It is with great pleasure that Sealy Independent School District announces Dr. Bryan Hallmark from Georgetown ISD as its lone finalist for superintendent. The search process which began in February had intense interest. Over 80 initial applications were evaluated by the board of trustees following the March 11th application deadline. After evaluations and interviews which concluded Friday, April 3rd, 2020, the SISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously 7-0 to name Dr. Hallmark and begin the mandatory 21-day waiting period before a formal contract can be reached and approved. (06) view article arw

Less than two months before he was slated to become Madison’s next superintendent, Matthew Gutierrez is backing out of the job. Late Monday, the Madison School Board announced Gutierrez was rescinding his acceptance of the Madison position. Gutierrez, 39, who is superintendent of Seguin, Texas, schools, was supposed to begin leading the district June 1.  The abrupt decision comes as Wisconsin’s second-largest school district grapples with the statewide closure of schools to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.  The public health crisis is the reason Gutierrez gave School Board President Gloria Reyes as to why he could not go forward with the Madison job, according to a statement from the Madison School District announcing his decision. view article arw

WACO, Texas — Waco Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon announced Tuesday that the principal of G.W. Carver Middle School died early Tuesday morning after contracting COVID-19.“We are very saddened by this news and want to express our love and let the family know that we will be thinking and praying about them in the days to come," Kincannon said in a message sent to parents and staff. "I want our students and families to know that we will be providing counseling support as needed from our staff and our student support team. We will be sending out some information regarding these services as soon as we can.” view article arw

HOUSTON — Texas’ largest school district continues to adjust to the COVID-19 closure.  It's one that will last another month, at least.  “Everyone is just trying to get adjusted to this new normal,” said Grenita Lathan, HISD interim superintendent.  Lathan spoke about the new distance between the district’s 200,000 students and their teachers. view article arw

Breckenridge Independent School District announced Bryan Allen as the lone finalist for the vacant superintendent position on Wednesday, April 1. The BISD board of trustees gathered via video/teleconference to announce the new superintendent.  Allen has served as the superintendent of Merkel for the past five years and will begin the 2020-2021 school year as the superintendent of Breckenridge ISD.  While the superintendent was announced on April 1, the contract will not be issued until Thursday, April 23. There is a 21 day waiting period from the date that the board names lone finalist.   (2) view article arw

The Board of Education for Smyer Independent School District proudly announces Mr. Chris Wade as the Lone Finalist for Superintendent of Schools. This action was taken at a special called board meeting on March 30, 2020. A state-mandated 21-day waiting period is required before Mr. Wade can be officially hired as Superintendent.  Mr. Wade currently is the Superintendent of Ralls ISD and has served in that capacity since 2012.  Prior to that position, he served as assistant principal and principal for 8 years in the Ralls ISD system.  Previously Mr. Wade served in Olton ISD and in Smyer ISD as a teacher and coach.  He served in these Districts from 2000-2004.   (2) read more arw

PERRYTON, Texas (KVII) — The Perryton Independent School District had a special meeting Wednesday morning where it voted to name James Mireles as the new superintendent.  The board voted 6-0 to hire Mireles as superintendent with board member Richard Beyea unable to attend.  Mireles was principal at Perryton High School from August 2015 to May 2017. He was most recently superintendent of Texhoma ISD.   (2) view article arw

The Weatherford ISD board of trustees is currently working to interview and screen candidates for the position of superintendent following Jeffrey Hanks’ announcement of his retirement last month. Rod Townsend has been hired as the interim superintendent until a new superintendent is selected by the board.  Applications were accepted through March 20, and all candidates have been reviewed by the board. The board has narrowed the search and will be conducting first round interviews this week. These interviews are closed to the public and will be held in closed session. The board is not allowed to disclose the names of the applicants or the candidates to be interviewed pursuant to state law and board policy.  view article arw

Southside ISD announced Monday a lone finalist for its next Superintendent of Schools. According to a press statement, Rolando Ramirez, was announced as the lone finalist to be the next Superintendent of Schools at Southside ISD. Ramirez currently is the superintendent for Valley View Independent School District in Pharr, Texas. During his tenure as superintendent, Valley View ISD won the H-E-B Award of Excellence for Education in 2016 and the school was named Texas Schools to Watch in 2018. On top of that, two campuses with Valley View ISD won the National Blue Ribbon Award in 2019. view article arw

UNIVERSAL CITY, Texas - Randolph Field ISD has found its new superintendent. According to the district, the Board of Trustees approved Dr. Brian Holt to be named for the position Monday.  Dr. Holt has more than two decades of experience in education from pre-kindergarten through university. He was last a superintendent for Booker ISD from 2016 until now. He has worked in Texas since 1998 and received his doctorate from Tarleton State in 2013.  The district also said Dr. Holt's wife is a United States Navy Veteran, pursuing a degree as a licensed professional counselor. view article arw

WHEREAS, School board members are elected to sit in trust for their diverse communities, and in that capacity are charged with meeting the community's expectations for the public education, health and safety of their children;  WHEREAS, The Superintendent of Schools is responsible for providing leadership & management with high standards for the education, health and safety of all students, and does what is required to ensure these responsibilities at all times; view article arw

At a special meeting held Friday, March 27, by the Bangs Independent School District Board of Trustees, Dr. Joshua Martin was officially hired as the next Superintendent of Bangs ISD. Dr. Martin is replacing retiring Superintendent Tony Truelove. Bangs ISD will host a ‘Meet and Greet’ at a later date in order to give the community an opportunity to welcome Dr. Martin and his family to Bangs. view article arw

Dr. Joshua Martin, lone finalist to become the new superintendent for the Bangs Independent School District was officially hired during a special meeting of the board of trustees March 27. Martin was named as the lone finalist for the position in early March.  Bangs ISD will host a ‘Meet and Greet’ at a later date in order to give the community an opportunity to welcome Martin and his family to Bangs.   (30) view article arw

Celina, TX. The Celina School Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name Dr. Tom Maglisceau, as the lone finalist for the position of Superintendent of Schools for the Celina Independent School District during the CISD Board of Trustees meeting Monday evening. In accordance with state law, Dr. Maglisceau must complete the required 21-day waiting period before the contract is made official.  The search for a new superintendent began in December after current CISD Superintendent Mr. Rick DeMasters formally submitted his resignation to retire effective December 2020.  In his letter to the faculty and staff he stated, “The opportunity to come to Celina ISD was the greatest blessing and I cannot think of a better place to end my public-school career. I am so thankful to the Celina community for being so very generous and supportive of not only our school district, but myself as well.”   (30) view article arw

PECOS, Tx. (KOSA) -- Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD has a new interim superintendent.  The school district announced on Thursday that Ms. Wendi Russell has been named to the position.  According to the district, the move came when now-former interim superintendent Clark Boyd submitted his resignation on Wednesday morning.  Boyd was named as interim superintendent in February after Dr. Jose A. Cervantes was placed on administrative leave.   (31) view article arw