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updated 3:29 PM UTC, Feb 19, 2019

WISD Superintendent announces retirement

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By Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE – Longtime Woodville ISD superintendent Glen Conner is retiring from his position.

The WISD Board of Trustees announced Conner’s decision following a special meeting called on Wednesday night through a press release. “An agreement has been reached which allows the board to pursue hiring another superintendent and Mr. Conner the ability to retire and pursue other interests.”

Conner, a 38-year veteran of public education, has served as superintendent for 13 years. “I appreciate the opportunity to serve the district,” he said. “I have some things I haven’t had the time to do…a little bit of travel.” Conner added he has “a slew of grandchildren” to spend time with in his post-retirement life. He will serve the remainder of the school year, with June 30 as his last day with WISD.

In his career, Conner said “I have seen a lot of changes [in education] and I can’t say that any of them have been bad.”

WISD’s Board of Trustees said in its press release that it “is proud of the many achievements and accomplishments of the entire district team during Mr. Conner’s tenure as superintendent.”

District-wide performance report given
At its regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22, WISD’s Annual Performance Report was reviewed and discussed by the trustees.

The report, which is required by law of the district, contains information on a broad range of topics, including standardized test scores, accreditation status, financial data and student performance information. All WISD campuses met standards per Texas Education Agency’s reporting. WISD’s accountability rating is a C for the 2017-18 school year, with requirements met in the Special Education

Determination Status and ASVAB Test requirement.

Under the topic of student requirement, the report includes data about campus crime, which Conner reported there were no major crimes for the school year, only minor incidents of assault; “fights at school, basically,” he said. This, he attributed to the district-wide zero tolerance policy.

District-wide improvements update
During his report, Conner gave an update on the district-wide renovations that were approved for a new roof on the high school, HVAC repair and replacement and lighting replacement.

The HVAC work will be done first and should begin this month, according to Conner. The window for the renovations is over 300 days, but the estimate given to the district by the contractors puts the project at under 200, depending on weather conditions.

Early resignation incentive approved
A measure was approved by the board to incentivize faculty who wish to resign to make their declaration early, to allow the district more time to secure replacements.

Those wishing to resign can announce their intention up to 45 days prior to the first day of instruction of the school year without penalty. The new resignation will award $500 for faculty who announce plans to resign by the last Friday in March. “It will allow us to hopefully post and advertise those jobs early and secure a replacement for that person,” Conner said.

Clarification: In an earlier story, published in the Dec. 6, 2018 edition, misleading information about Conner’s contract was presented. Conner was not given a two-year contract extension. Information about his contract was only presented in that month’s packet of board information due to particulars for the district’s FIRST rating.

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