Message from the School Board President:
On September 24, we celebrated Charter Oak’s dedication with a ceremony featuring patriotic songs by third-graders, a pair of fifth-graders sharing the history of the Charter Oak Tree, which is the school’s namesake, and a ribbon cutting facilitated by the Temple Chamber of Commerce. Several special guests joined us that morning including Charter Oak’s Adopt A Unit, the 49th Transportation Battalion at Fort Hood, State Representative Hugh Shine, City of Temple City Manager Brynn Myers, Belton Chamber President and former Belton ISD Board President Randy Pittenger, and the Belton Rotary Club who continued their generosity of donating a flagpole to all of our new school buildings.
As we all came together for the dedication, I felt honored to stand before our guests on behalf of my fellow Board Members to say thank you to this community. As a Board we have been focused for many years on planning and preparing for the new homes and the new students that will come with those new homes in our school district. We want to stay focused on the kids and make sure those buildings are here and ready for them when they come. I can’t wait to see our students getting to learn and grow at Charter Oak Elementary for many years to come.
And as we continue planning for the future, a key role will be our next superintendent. During a special board meeting last month, we selected the firm Thompson & Horton to lead the search for our next superintendent.
Thompson & Horton demonstrated that their experience and knowledge of large and growing districts can get us to the next level. They recognized not only what we have achieved as a district to this point but how we as a Board can engage our community in this important decision for our future.
In their interview presentation, Thompson & Horton described their 20 years of experience with superintendent searches as having been focused on districts with more than 10,000 students. Presenters David Thompson and Dr. Mike Moses both acknowledged the reputation, history and future prospects of Belton ISD as excellent when outlining how they would work for the board and with our community to recruit a chief executive with a proven track record of success.
Please know the board will do its due diligence throughout this process, and we look forward to selecting a leader who will help us continue to grow and build upon the student-focused successes that our community believes in.
Suzanne M. McDonald
President, Board of Trustees