Presidio ISD administrator is area superintendent of the year
By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN
PRESIDIO – Presidio ISD Superintendent Dennis McEntire has been named the Region 18 Education Service Center Superintendent of the year.
This puts McEntire in the running for the superintendent of the year award statewide.
“He’s worthy of those honors. We’re really glad that he was selected,” Presidio school board President Carlos Nieto said this week. Nieto, along with his fellow school board members, nominated McEntire for the award, passing a resolution on April 17.
Board members nominated McEntire “for his exemplary and visionary leadership toward improving student performance in our schools,” stated the resolution signed by all seven school board members.
“I’m very happy. He’s been one of the best superintendents. He really deserves it. He works hard and is dedicated. We’re very happy to have him,” school board member Aureliano Ramirez said.
Board member Abelardo Franco concurred. “I’ve been on the board for (a long time). Mr. McEntire has been the best all around superintendent. That just sums it all briefly,” Franco said. “It’s just a great feeling to know that this has happened. He’s very deserving. Nobody is more deserving than he is,” Franco continued.
“It just goes to show the advances that Presidio ISD has made throughout the years he’s been superintendent,” board member Hugo Ramos said. “As far as I’m concerned, he deserves it.”
The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has been bestowing the award upon Texas superintendents since 1984. The winner of the statewide superintendent of the year honor receives $5,000.
Candidates are chosen for strong leadership skills, their dedication to improving the quality of education in their schools, their commitment to public support and involvement in education and their ability to build strong employee relationships between and among teachers and other employees.
McEntire was one of two superintendents in Region 18, which includes Far West Texas and Permian Basin schools to be nominated. A committee of school board members in Region 18 and TASB representatives interviewed him and the other candidate.
McEntire will be honored at a TASA meeting in Alpine on December 12, and the superintendent of the year honor will be announced in September.