REGION 7 ESC ANNOUNCES REGIONAL SUPERINTENDENT OF THE YEAR
KILGORE--Region 7 Education Service Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Glenn Hambrick, Superintendent of Carthage ISD, has been named the 2012 Region 7 Superintendent of the Year (SOTY). Hambrick will represent Region 7 as its nominee for the 2012 Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Texas Superintendent of the Year.
“Dr. Hambrick works to preserve the inner strength and confidence of the board; to keep the board informed; and to involve the community in district activities and provide joint training on maintaining an effective relationship. He is very careful to not overstep his authority; ensures executive sessions are kept confidential; treats all board members equally; provides financial or other needed information to all board members at the same time; and uses good public management practices,” says one Carthage ISD school board member.
As a Chapter 41 district, Carthage ISD faces unique funding challenges. According to his application, “Dr. Hambrick has realigned the tax structure to maximize the available funding. Educating the public about keeping money in the district through bond elections is another strong point he possesses.” Since assuming the position of Superintendent of Schools for Carthage ISD in 2008, he has led the district in successfully passing two bond referendums for a total of $37 million dollars.
In addition to his commitment to responsible fiscal management, Dr. Hambrick recognized a need for curriculum improvement. After researching viable options, he ultimately chose CSCOPE, a curriculum currently used by two-thirds of the public schools in Texas. Hambrick also approved memberships in the Administrative Leadership Cooperative and Core Curriculum Services through Region 7 ESC, to become the foundation of the new CSCOPE curriculum.
Hambrick has over 34 years of education experience, and 16 years of administrative experience serving at Groveton, Nacogdoches, Crockett, Buffalo, Garrison, Rosebud-Lott, Elkhart, and Carthage ISDs. According to the application submitted by CISD board of trustees, “By allowing campus leaders the freedom to develop programs that are aligned with district/campus goals and objectives, he encourages risk-taking that reflects innovative programs that help struggling students. Dr. Hambrick engages in ongoing program monitoring with stake-holders, and CISD students continue to be the benefactors of this practice.”
Dr. Hambrick received his Bachelor’s degree from East Texas Baptist University, Masters of Education Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University and Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University. Dr. Hambrick is a member, deacon, Sunday school teacher, and on the finance committee at Central Baptist Church in Carthage. He is a member of the Panola County Economic Development Committee, Carthage Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, and Carthage Ambassadors.
Each year candidates are chosen for strong leadership skills, dedication to improving the quality of education in their school districts, commitment to public support and involvement in education, and the ability to build good employee relations among teachers and staff members. Candidates are nominated by their respective school board, but respective school board members are not allowed to be on the panel of judges. A panel of judges consisting of regional school board members and TASB representatives select the winner on the basis of his/her responses to a series of essay questions. Each regional winner’s application will be sent to the 2012 TASA/TASB Annual Convention where the state winner will be announced on September 28, 2012.