A Publication of the Spring ISD Board of Trustees Vol. 22 No. 1 / August 2012
The Springboard The Spring ISD Board of Trustees met at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Gordon M. Anderson Leadership
e-newsletter is Center to address items on the agenda. President Mel Smith called the meeting to order and led the
provided as a pledges of allegiance; Board Assistant Secretary Rhonda Faust read the district's vision and mission;
community service and Pastor Benny Sanders, Champion Forest Baptist Church, gave the invocation.
to inform the public
of actions during
the monthly meeting
of the Board of Superintendent's Report
Trustees. The official
minutes from the Superintendent Dr. Ralph H. Draper introduced administrators who are new to the district
or are now serving in an administrative position that is new to them.
meeting will be
posted online at
once approved by Dr. Ralph H. Draper
the Board. Dr. Lucio Calzada Jr. has been named assistant superintendent for administration and will supervise Westfield High
School; Claughton and Wells middle schools; Beneke, Heritage, Hoyland, Lewis, Link, Major, Reynolds and
Thompson elementary schools; Clark Primary; and Clark Intermediate.
Trustees Calzada comes to Spring from Austin where he most recently served as the principal at Austin High
School. Calzada began his education career in 1989 teaching mathematics at H. M. King High School in
Mel Smith Kingsville. Since then he has gained a variety of experience in the education field as an assistant principal,
President mathematics consultant, and principal at both middle school and high school levels in Corpus Christi and
Austin. In addition, he has served as adjunct professor at Concordia University and St. Edwards University.
Calvin Tang Calzada has a Bachelor of Science in secondary education with specializations in biology and
Vice President mathematics, a Master of Science in school administration, and a Doctor of Education in educational
leadership from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi.
Dr. Deborah Jensen
Secretary Dr. Adrain Johnson has been named assistant superintendent for administration and will supervise Dekaney High School;
Bammel and Bailey middle schools; and Bammel, Booker, Cooper, Eickenroht, Hirsch, Meyer, Ponderosa
Rhonda L. Faust and Smith elementary schools.
Assistant Secretary Johnson has over 34 years of experience in public education, which includes serving in multiple
superintendent positions statewide and as an associate commissioner for accreditation for the Texas Education
Jana Anders Agency. He most recently served as interim area superintendent for Spring ISD. In addition, Johnson serves
as adjunct professor of educational administration for the University of Texas, College of Education.
Ron Crier Johnson has a Bachelor of Science in secondary education and a Master of Education in educational
Justine Durant administration from Tarleton State University and a Doctor of Education in educational administration from
Dr. Rene Garganta is the new principal at the Early College Academy at Southridge. Garganta joined the district in 2011
Spring ISD as executive director of school improvement. Before coming to Spring, he served as the director of school
Vision Statement improvement projects for Austin ISD. Prior to that assignment he served in administrative roles statewide, as
a principal in Austin and Waco; state programs coordinator in Victoria; and as an assistant principal in Seguin.
By 2015, Spring Garganta earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology at the University of Texas at Austin, his Master of
Arts in educational administration at Southwest Texas State University and his Doctorate in educational
Independent administration at the University of Texas at Austin.
will be recognized
nationally Christine Hess is the new executive director for special services. Hess has more than 30 years experience in general and
as a leader special education programs, early childhood through post-secondary, with emphasis in long-range planning,
program evaluation, inclusive education, behavior support, community-based instruction and transition. She
among learning has served as director of special education in Spring ISD since 2008. In that capacity, she has led improvement
organizations efforts and been instrumental in building a strong special education team that supports the district’s vision.
and known for Hess earned her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and her master’s degree from the University of
exemplary student New Orleans.
Debi Koch is the new executive director for college and career readiness. Koch has been an educator for more than
Public Participation 30 years and has served as principal at Carl Wunsche Sr. High School since it opened in 2006. This
internationally recognized campus features 30 career pathways where student coursework culminates in a
is Welcomed six-week career pathway internship and Capstone Project for all seniors. She brings a wealth of experience to
Citizens who want to this new position, and her passion and vision for students provides the leadership needed for this next step in
speak at a Board meeting the district’s transformation process. Koch earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from
will be asked to register at the University of Central Oklahoma.
least 15 minutes prior to
the time when the meeting
is scheduled to begin. Steve Kinney has been named principal at Westfield High School. Kinney has over 30 years of experience in education,
most recently as dean of instructional improvement at Westfield. Prior to coming to Westfield, Kinney spent
For more information, several years in Galena Park ISD where he had much success with improving academic achievement. His last
go online at three years there were spent as principal of Galena Park High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from
www.springisd.org Michigan State University and his master’s degree from the University of Houston - Clear Lake.
and click on the Public
Participation at Board
Meetings link under
Bob Thompson has been named the new principal at Carl Wunsche Sr. High School. Thompson has been with the
district since 1990. His long-term commitment to Spring ISD includes a strong focus on student success
The next and a vision for continuous improvement. Thompson served six years as executive director for secondary
education, during which time he participated in the award-winning design process for Wunsche and the
regular Board planning and implementation of the Spring ISD Virtual School program and Dr. Edward Roberson Middle
meeting School. He most recently served as executive director for instructional engagement. A graduate of Westfield
High School, Thompson earned his bachelor’s degree in education at Lamar University and his master’s
will be at degree in education administration at Sam Houston State University.
Tuesday, Regina Owens has been named executive director for instructional engagement. She has 21 years experience in education
Sept. 11 at with 13 years served in an administrative capacity. Her professional background includes serving as a
classroom teacher, assistant principal, academic dean, principal and district director. She is probably best
Gordon M. known in Spring for planning and implementing the Spring ISD Virtual School program in 2008 and the Early
Anderson College Academy at Southridge in 2011. Owens has Bachelor of Science degrees in secondary education and
business administration from East Texas Baptist University and a Master of Science in educational leadership
Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University.
School District is an equal
opportunity employer. The
Board of Trustees and
its agents, officers and
staff members shall not
discriminate on the basis
of gender, race, disabling
condition, age, color, Board Calls November Election for Positions 6 and 7
religion, national origin,
military status, or any other With the terms of Position 6 and Position 7 expiring in November 2012, the board called for an election for these
legally protected status in two positions to be held Nov. 6, 2012. The election will be conducted as a joint election with Harris County. The
making decisions regarding district will share election costs with the participating entities and will only be responsible for its pro-rata share of
staff members or students.
the costs for the countywide election.
Board Meeting Dates Board Approves Three Local Policy Changes
Change in January
The Board approved and adopted changes to three local policies.
• Local policy EIAA, which addresses final examination exemption, will be deleted from policy. Students will
Meeting dates in no longer be exempt from final examinations, in accordance with the 2012-13 Spring ISD Student and Parent
January and March Handbook. The change was recommended based on input from alumni, who said they would have benefitted
2013 will be changed from the testing experience, and principals, who said they believe the change would support their effort to
due to scheduling strengthen college and career readiness.
conflicts with the • Local policy FFAF, which refers to students with food allergies who are at risk of anaphylaxis, was adopted.
district's winter and • Changes to GKB (Local) Community Relations-Advertising and Fund Raising in the Schools will allow the
spring breaks. The district to accept website advertising.
January work session
and regular board
meeting have been In Other Action the Board:
rescheduled for Jan.
10 and Jan. 15, - Approved an interlocal agreement between Spring ISD and New Caney ISD that allows New Caney ISD to
respectively. The March procure motor fuel for their transportation fleet under the favorable contract terms and pricing established
work session and between Spring ISD and its primary fuel vendor, Mansfield Oil Company;
regular board meeting - Approved the 2012-13 Memorandum of Understanding with Harris County Juvenile Board to reserve three
have been rescheduled seats with the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program for each of the 210 days the JJAEP is in
for March 7 and March session;
19, respectively. - Approved the 2012-13 Elementary, Middle School and High School Student and Parent Handbooks;
- Ratified taxpayer refunds;
- Approved bids and Request for Proposals for Energy Conservation Services, Warehouse Management
System (WMS) for Distribution Center, HVAC Filters, HVAC Parts Supply, Charter Bus Services and
Workers’ Compensation Stop Loss Insurance; and
- Approved the monthly financial report for July 2012.
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