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Gregory Rodriguez, SMCISD's director of school improvement and accountability. PHOTO via SMCISD

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The San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees last month voted unanimously to hire Gregory Rodriguez as the coordinator of accountability and school improvement.

Rodriguez, who was chosen among 38 applicants, will be in charge of guiding teachers and staff through the ever-changing labyrinth of standardized testing regulations so students can meet ever-more-strict requirements.

“It’s a critical job,” said Mark Eads, San Marcos CISD superintendent. “In most districts, it’s a director-level (position). In ours it’s a coordinator right now. But they’re a right hand to the principals and to myself, so it’s critical.”

Iris Campbell, San Marcos CISD spokesperson, said Rodriguez has worked in the public education field for more than 16 years. He served as the grant coordinator for Texas State University where he facilitated a multi-million dollar award by the U.S. Department of Education, Campbell said. Two years before that, Rodriguez was the administrative supervisor for Austin ISD, where one of his duties involved the development of new, innovative schools and academies with support from community partnerships.

Rodriguez’s predecessor, Joy Harris Philpott, recently left to work for Hays CISD. Like Philpott, Rodriguez will present major reports to the board of trustees to keep them abreast of what Eads called “constant changes” in rules and laws related to testing.

Joy Philpott, SMCISD's former director of school improvement and accountability. PHOTO via SMCISD

Lolly Guerra, San Marcos CISD assistant superintendent for human resources, said all the following figures related to Rodriguez’s salary will be prorated this year based on his Oct. 3 start date.

Rodriguez
Annual Salary: $78,000
Annual Travel Stipend: $800
Annual Medicare Contribution: $1,131
Annual Teacher Retirement System of Texas Active-Care Health Insurance Contribution: $2,844
Annual Life Insurance Contribution: $28.80
Annual Workmen’s Comp. Contribution: $332.28
Annual TRS Contribution: $5,460
Annual TRS Entity Contribution: $429
Total: $89,025.08

Philpott
Annual Salary: $80,492.70
Annual Travel Stipend: $800
Annual Medicare Contribution: $1,167.13
Annual TRS Active-Care Health Insurance Contribution: $2,844
Annual Life Insurance Contribution: $28.80
Annual Workmen’s Comp. Contribution: $307.48
Annual TRS Contribution: $5,634.49
Annual TRS Entity Contribution: $442.70
Total: $91,714.30

Philpott was eligible for the health insurance contribution but did not participate in the district’s health insurance plan, said Guerra. Philpott joined the district as the academic dean of San Marcos High School in July 2005 and became director of school improvement and accountability in July 2007.

Rodriguez, a native of San Antonio, served as the technology integration facilitator for San Antonio ISD for five years. He was a selector for the Texas Teaching Fellows in San Antonio for one year. In his early teaching years, Rodriguez was an English and language arts teacher and an English/Spanish teacher in Southside ISD and Southwest ISD, both in San Antonio. Rodriguez was also a Spanish teacher in Del Valle ISD for two years.

Rodriguez said he seeks “to improve the educational experience for all students” and looks forward to “infusing 21st century skills into educational settings.”

Rodriguez earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Spanish from then-Southwest Texas State University, a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Houston Baptist University in Houston, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the field of school improvement at Texas State University.

“He’s already finished all of his coursework, so he’d going to be ‘Dr. Rodriguez’ probably next year or so,” Eads said.

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2 thoughts on “San Marcos CISD trustees hire new school improvement coordinator

  1. I know Greg and he is a good and honorable man who will serve this community well. That being said…kill TAKS/STAAR tests…

  2. Agreed. It is unfortunate that a position like this has to focus on standardized test results, rather than graduation rates, college/career preparedness, etc., especially since the latter ought to be able to drive the former, over time.

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