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cover9HOUSTON – Recently, the Spring Independent School District Board of Trustees announced that Dr. Rodney E. Watson has been named the lone finalist for the superintendent position. Texas law requires a 21-day waiting period following the naming of a lone finalist to allow time for contractual negotiations. In addition, the district plans to provide opportunities for district staff and the community to become acquainted with Dr. Watson during this time.

Rhonda L. Faust, Spring ISD Board of Trustees president, said “Dr. Rodney Watson is well-qualified and uniquely suited to serve our community and our children as the next superintendent of Spring ISD. His professional experience and educational credentials are both highly diversified and aligned with our needs in Spring ISD, making him a very well-rounded candidate.

“Rodney has successfully served as a chief school officer in Houston ISD, a role quite comparable to that of superintendent in Spring ISD,” said Faust.

In this role Dr. Watson was responsible for overseeing operations and staff at 53 campuses, including the management of an operating budget more than twice that of Spring ISD’s annual budget, a capital expenditures budget of nearly $200M, and the coordination and implementation of educational programs, support services, and business and compliance functions at those campuses.

Dr. Watson currently serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for the Houston Independent School District, which has over 210,000 students and 30,000 employees. He has been an administrator for HISD since 2010. During that time he served as a School Improvement Officer before becoming the Chief School Officer over 53 elementary schools. Prior to his assignments with HISD, Dr. Watson served as a campus principal with the Hickman Mills School District and the Lee’s Summit School District in the Kansas City, Missouri metropolitan area.

“Rodney has a proven track record of raising the bar in his work with diverse demographic and socio-economic student populations. I believe he will be a highly-visible and charismatic leader who will focus on driving student achievement, building public trust and community confidence, bolstering staff morale and retention, and creating a climate and culture across the district of continuous improvement and excellence,” said Faust.

While serving in both campus and district-level leadership roles, Dr. Watson has gained experience in improving academic performance, student attendance and parental involvement.

Dr. Watson said, “I am truly humbled and honored to have been selected as the sole finalist for the next superintendent of Spring ISD. Spring has a rich history of success, and my family and I are eager to become members of this great community.

“I want to share a quote from Michael Fullan, an education researcher and author, which expresses my viewpoint. Fullan said, ‘The research is abundantly clear: Nothing motivates children more than when learning is valued by schools and families/community working together in partnership … These forms of involvement do not happen by accident or even by invitation.