Aledo ISD Board News
Aledo voters will decide Nov. 4 whether the school district can issue $61.5 million in bonds to improve schools and build a new elementary.
Trustees were unanimous in calling the election Monday night, following six months of work by an appointed committee of citizens and educators that investigated the district's growth projections.
An AISD 2025 Committee is in the formation stages as the district looks to study facility needs and develop a long-range plan that will serve the district’s children into the future. The committee will involve a cross-section of Aledo ISD citizens in this communitywide effort, which is charged to serve in an advisory capacity to the School Board and Administration on a temporary basis regarding the topic of long-range facility planning. Topics of discussion include existing and future projections on student enrollment; facilities and capital improvements; current and projected financial information; attendance rezoning; new construction and more.
For more information or to apply for a position on the AISD 2025 Committee, download the documents at the link below:
From the Aledo Independent School District
AISD Board Trustee Bobby Rigues has been selected as one of 36 Texas school board members to attend the Federal Relations Network conference in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 2-4, 2014. He is representing our Congressional District 12 – (Texas U.S. Representative Congresswoman Kay Granger District 12). The goal of the FRN is to make public education a top priority of Congress and the Administration.
“There is no better individual to represent both Aledo ISD and Texas public schools as a whole on the topic of making education a priority,” said AISD Superintendent Derek Citty. “Mr. Rigues has spearheaded this effort across Texas. This national network will undoubtedly bring more focus on our students and their education, where it is needed most.”
The National School Boards Association's Federal Relations Network involves local school board members from every congressional district in the country who are committed to advocating for public education. Thirty-six school board members will be representing the Texas Congressional Districts. The FRN gives Trustees an opportunity to make a difference in the education of our nation's public schoolchildren.
Aledo fifth graders will attend McAnally Intermediate School beginning with the start of the 2014-15 school year in August.
The school board adopted the administration's recommendation Monday to ease crowding at the four elementary campuses.
In a related move the board voted to form a 10-year long range planning committee to address district growth estimates that enrollment will more than double.
Stephanie Adams will serve her first day as Vandagriff Elementary principal tomorrow. Adams has been the assistant principal at Stuard Elementary since 2010.
The AISD School Board voted 6-1 not to raise taxes.
The district will instead take the needed funds to repay debt from the general fund, which has been set for emergencies, and revisit the tax issue next year.
Derek CittyThe Aledo ISD School Board named Derek Citty, Ph.D., as the lone finalist for superintendent. Citty is the Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services with Carroll ISD. See the May 31 issue of The Community News for more information.
Community-input meetings for the Superintendent Search Process are Thursday, March 28, at 2:45 p.m. and at 6 p.m. in the AISD Administration Building. The TASB Executive Search Services consultant will facilitate discussions with community members at these times.
Enter the front (south-facing) doors of the AISD Administration Building. If you are unable to attend one of these community-input sessions, the Board encourages you to visit the Superintendent Survey link on the left-hand side of the district homepage.
From the Aledo ISD
The Aledo ISD Board of Trustees is interviewing executive search firms to begin the process of finding a replacement for current Superintendent Dan Manning. Retirement was deemed best for Mr. Manning’s long-term health after surgery in 2012 to remove one of his kidneys. His retirement is effective June 28, 2013.
A decision of the search firm should be reached during the month of March, at which time the superintendent position will be posted. The firm will likely interview AISD staff, students and community members to discern the needs of the district, and to complete a profile of prospective candidates. Subsequent interviewing will occur in the coming months, and a final decision reached before the end of June. This timeline will give the new superintendent time to ready for the 2013-14 school year.
AISD Board President Bobby Rigues said, “One of the greatest responsibilities a school board has involves the hiring of a superintendent of schools. Our district has grown in size to the point that professional guidance in this area is being respected. Once a particular firm is chosen by the board, the overall hiring process will include input from administration, district staff and community representatives. Mr. Manning’s leadership throughout this process is invaluable. We also appreciate his commitment to completing the district’s 2012-13 educational goals.”
Aledo ISD Superintendent Dan Manning has announced his retirement from the district effective July 1. The statement from the Aledo ISD isDan Manning reprinted below. Additional details will be available in the Feb. 8 issue of The Community News.
Statement from the Aledo ISD
ALEDO, Texas — Jan. 31, 2013 — Due to an ongoing kidney health challenge and upon medical advice, Aledo ISD Superintendent Dan Manning today announced he will retire effective July 1, 2013. He will continue to lead the district through the remainder of the school year without interruption.
The announcement today allows the AISD school board several months to conduct a search for the district’s next superintendent to be selected and in place before the start of the 2013-’14 school year.
Mr. Manning said, “For three decades, being an educator has been the professional passion of my life. I believe education is the gateway for every child to achieve their full promise as a human being, and I am proud to have had the opportunity to influence the lives of children and those who work with children.”
AISD School Board President Bobby Rigues noted that Mr. Manning’s contract was unanimously approved for two additional years at the January school board meeting. “He has proven to be an outstanding leader and superintendent for Aledo ISD,” Rigues said. “His dedication to this district and his leadership abilities will be greatly missed by many, yet we wish him well.”