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June 17th, 2008
Superintendent London announces retirement

Transition marked the regular meeting of the Hays CISD Board of Trustees on Monday with Superintendent Kirk London announcing his retirement, and Bob Presley, Deputy Superintendent, and Dolores Riley, Executive Director of Elementary Curriculum, wrapping up their final School Board meeting before retiring. “Next year (2008-09) will be my last year as superintendent of Hays CISD,” Dr. London said in his public announcement. “This is a good time for me personally and a good time for the district.”

“Our test scores have showed improvement in almost every area,” he said. “The community has supported our efforts. We have a great staff, great kids, great teachers. This job will be one of the most sought after in the state.”

Dr. London received his five-year pin with Hays CISD this past May and has been in the education business as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, high school principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent for the past 36 years.

He is giving “lots of advance notice,” for an “easy transition.”

“I will be there as long as you need me,” he said. “I will support you and the School Board through this process as you have supported me for the past five years.”

Chip DuPont, President of the School Board, said the district will conduct a nationwide search for a superintendent “to continue the work Dr. London has started.”

“This will allow us the flexibility to do the search while we still have him (London) here,” DuPont said. “We will not have to go to an interim. We have all the time we need to find the quality person this school district deserves.”

Also on Monday, the School Board appointed Carter Scherff as Deputy Superintendent and hired Michelle Barrera as Executive Director of Human Resources and Dina Webb as Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Ms. Barrera is currently Director of Administration and Employee Support at Judson ISD. She earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Ms. Webb is currently Director of Curriculum and Instruction Services at Ingram ISD. She earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Texas State University.

The School Board unanimously approved the hiring of Jason Certain as assistant principal of Dahlstrom Middle School and Christine Kent as assistant principal of Chapa Middle School. The two positions will address staffing ratios and growing enrollment at Chapa and Dahlstrom middle schools. Certain is currently a teacher and coach at Dahlstrom Middle School. Ms. Kent is assistant principal of Travis Elementary School in San Marcos ISD and has served as an assistant principal of Crockett High School.

The School Board authorized district administration to issue $86.7 million in school building bonds based on a set of parameters.

“Due to the volume of upcoming Texas school district bond sales ($7.3 billion were approved on May 10) and the volatility of interest rates, we want maximum flexibility to time the sale when the interest rates are most favorable,” said Bill Gumbert, with RBC Capital Markets, the district’s bond adviser.

Trustees approved changing the name of The Academy@Hays to Academy High School. The district’s alternative high school of choice will occupy the South Campus of Hays High School beginning the 2008-09 school year. The School Board also approved changing the name of Tobias International School to Tobias Elementary School. The dual language program that inspired the “International” in the name of the school has moved to Blanco Vista Elementary School.

School Board members Joe Muñoz (District 2), Mark Jones (At-Large) and Melissa Espinoza (District 1) were sworn in for three-year terms, and the School Board voted for DuPont as President, Patti Wood as Vice President, and Muñoz as Secretary for one-year terms.

By JULIE JEROME
Chief Information Officer – Hays CISD

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