Superintendent Karen Rue has received another ringing endorsement from the Northwest school board – and the added job security that goes along with it.
Trustees at their Jan. 30 meeting voted to award Rue with a contract extension that kicks in starting on July 1 of this year and goes through June 30, 2018. Her base salary is $252,144 -- the amount approved by the board last summer when the 2013-14 budget was adopted, said Adam J. Bennett, Northwest school district spokesman. The contract states that the board could approve periodic raises during the life of her contract. Rue also will continue to receive a $10,000 annual car allowance.
“We are very grateful for the leadership of our superintendent, Karen Rue, Ed.D,” Bennett said. “Because of her transformational leadership, Northwest ISD continues its growth and success. We thank Dr. Rue for her vision in preparing our students to be future ready.”
Rue, who has been the superintendent since 2005, has managed the expansive district during its most rapid period of growth. The district, which has ballooned to more than 19,000 students, will open its third comprehensive high school in 2015 and continues to expand academic programs tailored to students varying interests through its Steele Accelerated High School and its growing list of special career-based academies.
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Others outside the district have taken notice of Rue’s successful tenure. In 2012, she received the Bayard H. Friedman Hero Award as the most outstanding superintendent in the north Texas region.
“I know that Dr. Rue would be the first one to give credit back to the teachers and other staff who work hard every day to create opportunities for students to succeed,” school board President Mel Fuller said when Rue received the Friedman award.
Rue also serves on the executive committee for the Texas School Coalition, Fast Growth Schools Coalition, and Texas Association of Suburban/Mid-urban Schools. She is a director of the 35W Coalition and serves on the Board of the Northwest Communities Partnership. Rue is on the Executive Board of the Texas Association of School Administrators and serves as the chair of the Communication and Technology Committee.
Rue was superintendent of Tuloso-Midway school district in suburban Corpus Christi prior to replacing Keith Sockwell as Northwest’s top staff executive in July 2005.