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 SOTY award, the WSISD school board wrote that he “has vision, energy, and enthusiasm; the courage to make necessary changes; and leadership qualities that result in follow through.”
Trustees noted 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 the expansion of the Curriculum and Instruction Department to provide additional support for all 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.
ESC Region 11 serves 77 school districts and 52 charter schools in the north central Texas area. Also nominated for this year’s award was Dr. James Largent from Granbury ISD.