From Lubbock ISD:
Berhl Robertson, Jr., Ed.D, was named superintendent of Lubbock ISD by the LISD Board of Trustees at their meeting today, culminating Robertson's eleven-week stint as the interim superintendent. Robertson was named the lone finalist on June 1, but the state requires a 21-day waiting period before finalizing the hire. In accepting the position, Robertson said, "This is a great school district and I am really excited to be given this opportunity. The strength of LISD is in its people and my goal is do everything we can as administration to support our teachers and campuses, focusing on continued academic improvement."
The board also named Dr. Jerry Adams as the new principal of Coronado High School, following Lynn Akin, who was named the Director of Student Administrative Services for the district. Adams has been the principal of New Deal HS for the past seven years, where his school was selected as one of the best high schools in the nation by U S News & World Report and by NCEA. Texas Monthly also recognized his school as one of the best high schools in Texas. Adams currently serves as an adjunct professor at Wayland Baptist University, teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. A Monterey High School graduate, Adams earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Texas Tech University.
In other action, trustees adopted a $199.6 million dollar budget for general funds, an increase of about $13 million. Projected revenue for the district also increased due to additional state revenue provided by recent legislative changes to the funding formula and an increase in enrollment of about 300 students. Local property values also grew and will generate additional local dollars. A majority of the budget increase will go to personnel costs associated with meeting the academic needs of students. The budget also allows for more than a million dollars in continuing the school bus replacement schedule. Stipends of $1,000 were also approved by the board for teachers in certain non-weighted math and science courses at the high school level. Superintendent Berhl Robertson said the stipends are a strategy to attract and retain the very best math and science teachers available in those particular content areas with statewide shortages.
Three Destination ImagiNation teams from Waters Elementary were honored by the board for advancing to the Global Finals in May. The teams brought home second-place, third-place and 28th-place finishes from more than 1,100 teams representing 45 states, 7 Canadian provinces and 13 countries. A Future Problem Solving Team (FPS) from Evans and Hutchinson Middle Schools was also honored for advancing to the FPS International Competition where they finished in second place.