Waxahachie ISD superintendent set to resign

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WAXAHACHIE — On Thursday night, March 1, 2018 Waxahachie Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn was named the Lone Finalist for the superintendent’s position in Lumberton ISD outside of Beaumont, Texas. Dr. Glenn has held the top spot in the Waxahachie school system since December 2013. Before coming to Waxahachie he served as superintendent of Nacogdoches-Central Heights ISD.

“I am grateful to have had the privilege to serve in Waxahachie ISD,” said Dr. Jeremy Glenn. “By working together with our community, teachers, and students we have accomplished some amazing things. I believe we have put strong systems in place and the future is bright for WISD.”

Dr. Glenn is credited with the passage of a Tax Ratification Election in 2014 which generated an additional $4.5 million into the district’s operations budget. Additionally, he facilitated the long range planning committee which recommended a $125 million bond to the community for a new high school facility. At the time the bond was passed it was the largest in the history of Ellis County. The new 500,000 square foot high school is scheduled to open in August 2018. Under Glenn’s leadership WISD became one of the highest paying districts in Ellis County. During each year of his administration all district teachers and staff received salary increases.

“I am excited about this new opportunity. Lumberton ISD is an outstanding school district with a rich history of success,” said Dr. Jeremy Glenn. “This has been a difficult decision. My family and I will miss the friends we have made in Waxahachie. This change will be a chance to grow professionally and tackle some new challenges.”

Glenn went on to say, “As a man of faith, I feel like my family and I are being called to serve in Lumberton. My wife and I have always viewed our profession as a mission field. We are thankful to have served in Waxahachie and we look forward to partnering with the teachers and community in Lumberton to provide students with a strong academic foundation.”

Dr. Glenn was recently named the 2018 Sam Houston State University Distinguished Educator of the Year. In 2017 he was listed by the Waxahachie Daily Light as one of Ellis County’s Top Leaders Under the Age of 40. In 2015 he was recognized by the Woodmen Life as their Community Leader of the Year. Dr. Glenn has served on the Waxahachie Economic Development Council, Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and Lions Club.

This year Waxahachie ISD earned 23 Academic Distinctions from the Texas Education Agency, the most in the history of the district. The district is also currently ranked #9 in the Texas Lone Star Cup. The University Interscholastic League Lone Star Cup recognizes districts with the top athletic, academic, and fine arts programs in the state. Waxahachie ISD has seen tremendous growth during Glenn’s tenure. Templeton Demographics shows the district as the 18th fastest growing community in the Dallas Metroplex.

“This is a sad day for WISD. Dr. Glenn and his family will be greatly missed by our community,” said Board President James Villarreal. “Under his leadership our district has seen tremendous student growth and thrived academically. He has been an outstanding leader and champion for our students.”

Lumberton ISD has offered Dr. Glenn a 5 year contract, the maximum allowed for Texas superintendents. Under Texas law, Lumberton ISD will have to wait the mandatory 21 day period before they can officially hire Glenn. The Waxahachie Board of Trustees will begin the search for a new superintendent in the coming months.