SMSD Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt to resign
By Karen Daniels
Six weeks ago Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt was approached by a search firm representing the interests of Allen ISD, a district north of Plano, in their search for a new superintendent. Conversations and in-person interviews were conducted, and last Tuesday Dr. Hindt was made aware that the Allen ISD Board of Trustees had voted unanimously to name him as their sole finalist. Currently there is a 21-day waiting period and then board will vote again on March 5th to officially award Dr. Hindt the job. Allen ISD is a larger district than SMSD with over 20,000 students.
Dr. Hindt and his family have lived in Fort Bend for 23 years and it was with “mixed emotions” that he has made this decision. “I believe SMSD is a better place today than it was when I arrived and it is entirely due to the community’s effort to provide its children with a world-class education and the hard work and devotion of our teachers and staff to meet the needs of our students, parents, and community.”
Depending on what is worked out between the Board of Trustees and Mayor Scarcella, Dr. Hindt could transition out as early as “the first of April.” He said, “During this 21 day grace period I will be working with Mayor Scarcella and Board President Ed Castillo to work out a transition plan that meets the needs of SMSD and Allen ISD. Upon my arrival in Allen, I will continue to watch the growing success of Stafford!”
Board President Ed Castillo said, “Under Dr. Hindt’s leadership, SMSD has grown tremendously. We increased student achievement and enrollment for the first time in many years, built some of the most unique instructional facilities in Ft. Bend and successfully set the foundation with a five-year plan that focuses on student achievement and academic excellence. Although we are saddened to see Dr. Hindt leave SMSD and Ft. Bend County we are thrilled and proud to see that Dr. Hindt is joining the ranks of several former SMSD Superintendents that have gone to become superintendents at some of the biggest school districts in Texas.”
The Board unanimously voted to authorize Board President Castillo and Superintendent Hindt to execute an agreement with Arrow Educational Services to perform a search for a superintendent. This is the same firm used to hire SMSD Superintendent Hindt. The announcement of interim superintendent is expected to come later.
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