White Settlement ISD Superintendent Frank Molinar is the 2015 Region 11 Superintendent of the Year. Sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards, the Superintendent of the Year Award honors outstanding Texas administrators for achievement and excellence in public school administration.
Candidates for the award are nominated by their school boards and chosen for their strong leadership skills, dedication to improving the quality of education in their districts, commitment to public support and involvement in education, and ability to build good employee relations among teachers and staff members.
The Region 11 selection panel, comprised of school board members from districts within the Region 11 area, reviewed application submissions which highlighted 10 performance areas including: Student Performance; Administration and School Climate; School Board-Superintendent Relations; Fiscal Management; Facilities Management; and School-Community Relations.
WSISD superintendent for the past three years, Molinar has dedicated his 24-year career in education to WSISD, serving as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. He is a 1985 Brewer High School graduate.
In his application for the award, the WSISD school board wrote that Molinar “has vision, energy, and enthusiasm; the courage to make necessary changes; and leadership qualities that result in follow through.”
Trustees noted several district achievements including the implementation of a districtwide technology initiative that provided 1,700 high school students with iPads and mobile iPad carts at every campus; the expansion of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program; and curriculum and instructional improvements that have provided additional support for students and teachers.
Molinar said, “I have been so blessed to have the opportunity to serve the children and families in our community, and it’s humbling to receive this honor. I get to work with outstanding trustees and staff members who continually strive to ensure that our kids have an exceptional education. This award is a reflection of their efforts and the high expectations and desires that we all have for our kids.”
As the Region 11 winner, Molinar will move on to the state level of the competition. The state selection committee will interview all regional winners on Aug.14 and 15 and choose five finalists. The finalists will be called to participate in a second interview by the state selection committee on Oct. 2. The state winner will then be announced at the Texas Association of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards (TASA/TASB) joint annual convention on Oct. 3.
The state winner of the Superintendent of the Year award receives a $5,000 professional development award, which will be presented at the 2015 TASA/TASB Joint Annual Convention. The award program is funded by Balfour and coordinated by TASB. The state committee will interview regional winners in Austin on Aug. 14-15 and select five state finalists. The Superintendent of the Year will be announced Oct. 3 at the 2015 TASA/TASB Convention in Austin.
Regional superintendents of the year nominated by regional selection committees are Alda Benavides, La Joya ISD, Region 1; Lynn Burton, Orange Grove ISD, Region 2; Patricia Montgomery, Angleton ISD, Region 4; John Valastro, Lumberton ISD, Region 5; Todd Stephens, Magnolia ISD, Region 6; Mary Ann Whiteker, Hudson ISD, Region 7; Paul Norton, Texarkana ISD, Region 8; Blake Wesley Cooper, Commerce ISD, Region 10; Frank Molinar, White Settlement ISD, Region 11; Diane Frost, Corsicana ISD, Region 12; Douglas Killian, Hutto ISD, Region 13; Reggy Spencer, Colorado ISD, Region 14; David Walker, Christoval ISD, Region 15; Kyle Lynch, Canadian ISD, Region 16; Gilbert Trevino, Floydada ISD, Region 17; David Carr, Stanton ISD, Region 18; Sylvia Hopp, San Elizario ISD, Region 19; and Kevin Brown, Alamo Heights ISD, Region 20.