- Isabella Quintanilla
North Texas Superintendents Resigning
Education has been hit hard these past few years and many people who work in education are struggling to keep up. In just the past 6 months, 10 superintendents from North Texas alone have announced that they will be resigning.
These 10 superintendents include:
- Lewisville Superintendent Kevin Rogers (Nov. 2, 2021)
- Desoto Superintendent D’Andre Weaver (Nov. 15, 2021)
- Mesquite Superintendent David Vroonland (Dec. 13, 2021)
- Richardson Superintendent Jeannie Stone (Dec. 13, 2021)
- HEB Superintendent Steve Chapman (Dec. 14, 2021)
- Northwest Superintendent Dr. Ryder Warren (Jan. 13, 2022)
- Fort Worth Superintendent Kent Scribner (Jan. 13, 2022)
- Dallas Superintendent Michael Hinojosa (Jan. 13, 2022)
- Plano Superintendent Sara Bonser (Jan. 26, 2022)
- Little Elm Superintendent Daniel Gallagher (Feb. 14, 2022)
The question many people are wondering is whether the number of superintendents leaving is due to all of the problems public schools are currently facing or if it’s simply a coincidence.
“I think we are seeing a reflection of a challenging time in education. I think we see that with higher levels of teacher attrition, and I think the fact that we’re seeing some turnover at the superintendent level is reflective of the fact that we’re going through some challenging situations here in Texas,” said North Texas teacher Julia Wilson.
However, while most superintendents will admit that these past few years have been extremely challenging, they say they are not leaving because of all the issues going on within education, but that it’s just time for many of them to retire.
Superintendents, especially those who have a larger district, typically will only hold the position for an average of 3-4 years. Many North Texas superintendents had already reached that point when the pandemic hit and so they chose to stay on as superintendent until everything calmed down.
Fort Worth superintendent Kent Scribner has been in the position for 7 years now, and with everything finally starting to get back to “normal” he is ready to start a new chapter of his life.
“It’s time, I feel like you know I’ve done what I came here to do and turn the keys over to someone else with a different skill set who can take the district from good to great,” said resigning Fort Worth superintendent Kent Scribner.
All of these superintendents saw their school districts through some very hard times, and so as they make way for new leaders, they can step down knowing they’ve made a difference and set their districts up for success.