Northeast Tarrant

Trustees want a leader with experience

GCISD Superintendent Robin Ryan
GCISD Superintendent Robin Ryan Star-Telegram

At the Nov. 16 board meeting, Grapevine-Colleyville trustees voted 5-1 in favor of a resolution asking Gov. Greg Abbott to appoint a Texas Education Commissioner with extensive experience in education.

“I think that it’s important for the person who is going to lead all the schools in Texas to have knowledge of what it’s like to be in the classroom and what it’s like to be a building principal,” said Superintendent Robin Ryan.

Current Commissioner Michael Williams recently announced he would be resigning as of Jan. 1. Williams had no experience as a school administrator or educator, nor did his predecessor Robert Scott.

The Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District implores Governor Abbott to appoint a Texas Commissioner of Education who possesses a minimum of a master's degree in education as well as extensive experience in education leadership.

from the GCISD resolution trustees approved Nov. 16

Grapevine-Colleyville’s resolution stated, in part that “the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District implores Governor Abbott to appoint a Texas Commissioner of Education who possesses a minimum of a master's degree in education as well as extensive experience in education leadership.”

GCISD joins area districts Keller, Lewisville and Frisco in approving the resolution.

The districts had very similar resolutions, which noted that several other state commissioners were required to have related experience, including those in agriculture and insurance. The only requirement for the education commissioner is U.S. citizenship.

Board President Leon Leal cast the only dissenting vote. Leal said he voted against it because he was appointed by Abbott to serve on the State Board for Educator Certification which oversees the preparation, certification and standards of conduct of Texas public school teachers.

Leal is one of four citizens on the board, which also includes teachers, administrators and a counselor.

Sandra J. Engelland: 817-390-7323, @SandraEngelland

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