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Better East Texas: TISD should wait

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By Pat Stacey

Tyler School Superintendent Randy Reid is leaving to take the superintendent position in Keller, Texas. I like Dr. Reid and wish him the best but this puts Tyler I-S-D in a difficult position. As the largest district in east Texas, T-I-S-D will start the school year with an interim leader in place but the problem is that the district needs to move forward with another bond proposal to get closer to completing a decade-plus long plan in improving Tyler schools. It may be tempting for the school board to move ahead with a bond proposal but they really should wait until a new superintendent is seated. Vision and leadership by committee is not the way to improve schools in Tyler. So the task of urgently find Doctor Reid's replacement is job one and one that the Tyler School Board must take seriously. T-I-S-D continues to be challenged by some sub-par campuses as more than two thirds of the students are classified as economically disadvantaged but the district has also seen how new schools seem to lead to improved performance by students and teachers.

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