WISD Superintendent Glenn reverses decision and will stay in Waxahachie

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WAXAHACHIE — Despite a press release issued by Waxahachie Independent School District four days ago announcing Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn would be taking a position with Lumberton ISD, WISD issued a new press release today announcing Glenn changed his mind and will be staying with WISD.

The Thursday, March 1, 2018 WISD press release stated in part, "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."

"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."

At the time WISD stated the Waxahachie Board of Trustees would begin searching for a new superintendent within the coming months.

Glenn has since changed his mind about leaving. The new WISD press release issued on Monday, March 5, 2018 states Glenn is declining the position with Lumberton ISD and will remain with WISD.

Click here to read the original March 1 press release.

The new WISD press release states:

Dr. Jeremy Glenn, Waxahachie ISD Superintendent, announced to the Board of Trustees this morning that he does not intend to take the position offered to him last week by Lumberton ISD.

Texas state law requires a 21-day waiting period for both parties before a superintendent’s contract becomes official, and while Dr. Glenn was named Lumberton’s lone finalist in their superintendent search, this does not mean he was bound to a contract with them. Dr. Glenn has informed Lumberton ISD that he will not be leaving Waxahachie ISD.

“My family has received hundreds of texts, emails, and phone calls of support over the past 72 hours. It has made us realize that our mission in Waxahachie is not complete,” said Dr. Glenn. “Waxahachie is our home. We love this community, and we want to continue serving here as long as possible.”

Dr. Glenn was named Waxahachie ISD’s superintendent in December 2013. In just over four years with the district, Dr. Glenn has seen WISD gain 1,000 students and more than 100 staff members. He is credited with the passage of a Tax Ratification Election in 2014, which generated an additional $4.5 million for the district’s operations budget. He also facilitated the Long Range Planning Committee that recommended the $125 million bond for the new high school in 2015. This bond was passed by the community 3-1.

Under Dr. Glenn’s leadership, Waxahachie ISD has become one of the highest-paying districts in Ellis County. Teachers and staff have received salary increases each year of Dr. Glenn’s administration. This year, Waxahachie ISD earned 23 academic distinctions from the Texas Education Agency, the most in the history of the district and the most in Ellis County. The district is currently ranked #9 in the Lone Star Cup, a University Interscholastic League program that recognizes districts with the top academic, athletic, and fine arts programs in the state.

“We are pleased that Dr. Glenn has reconsidered and will be staying on to serve in Waxahachie ISD,” said Board President James Villarreal. “Dr. Glenn is a visionary, and his plans for the district will help it to continue to grow and flourish now and into the future.”

Last weekend, Dr. Glenn was recognized by the Sam Houston State University College of Education as the 2018 Distinguished Educator of the Year. In 2017, he was named one of the Top 40 Leaders Under the Age of 40 by the Waxahachie Daily Light, and in 2015, he was named Woodmen Life’s Community Leader of the Year. Dr. Glenn is a member of the Waxahachie Rotary Club and Waxahachie Lions Club, and serves as an advisory board member for the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce.