Waxahachie ISD will, in fact, be under new leadership for the 2018-19 school year. The district announced late Wednesday night that superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn will soon depart to serve in the same role for Granbury ISD.
The announcement comes a few days short of five months from Glenn being named as the lone finalist for the superintendent opening at Lumberton ISD. Four days later, on March 7, Glenn announced a change of heart in an emotional, prepared speech to the Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees.
He stated that it had been a "difficult 72 hours" for his family and admitted he never intended to "put any additional emotional stress on anybody."
"And, for that, I am sorry," Glenn added at the time, stating he received a devotional prior to the decision that spoke about "maybe not being the smartest, most faithful or even the most talented person" but sometimes "you just have to trust God. You have to have faith. Even when it doesn't make sense."
Glenn then stated that he was "blessed and honored" to serve as the superintendent of Waxahachie ISD. He also noted a "renewed passion and purpose."
In a WISD press release issued shortly after that first announcement, Glenn stated, "Waxahachie is our home. We love this community, and we want to continue serving here as long as possible.”
On Wednesday, Glenn said he and his family have enjoyed their time in Waxahachie ISD "and have made so many friends in this wonderful community."
“I am proud of everything our team has accomplished during my time in Waxahachie, and I know that they will continue to do great things," he continued. "I’m excited to join Granbury ISD and work with the outstanding staff already in place in that district.”
Glenn joined Waxahachie ISD in December 2013 after previously serving in the same role as superintendent of Nacogdoches-Central Heights ISD.
According to a Waxahachie ISD press release, Glenn was named the 2018 Sam Houston State University Distinguished Educator of the Year. In 2017, he was listed in the Waxahachie Daily Light’s 40-under-40 as one of the top young leaders in Ellis County. In 2015, Glenn was recognized by the Woodmen Life as their Community Leader of the Year.
Glenn has served with the Waxahachie Economic Development Council, Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and Lions Club.
Wednesday's press release issued by the district also noted WISD earned 23 Academic Distinctions from the Texas Education Agency, the most in its history, and finished 13th in the UIL Lone Star Cup standings — the highest ever for WISD.
The Lone Star Cup recognizes school districts for outstanding accomplishments in athletic, academic, and fine arts programs.
Glenn is also credited with the passage of a Tax Ratification Election in 2014, which generated an additional $4.5 million into the district's operations budget and "had an approval rate of 98 percent," the WISD release notes.
"Additionally, he facilitated the long-range planning committee which recommended a $125 million bond to the community for a new high school facility," the release continues. "At the time the bond was passed it was the largest in the history of Ellis County.
"The new Waxahachie High School will open later this month. Under Dr. Glenn’s leadership, WISD became one of the highest paying districts in Ellis County. During each year of his administration, all district teachers and staff received salary increases. Dr. Glenn also supervised a 'Grow Your Own' program designed to build future educational leaders within the district."
The release also notes Glenn is dedicated to the opening of the three new WISD facilities this year — the new high school, Coleman Junior High School and Wilemon STEAM Academy. A reception will also be held in his honor from 3-5 p.m Thursday, Aug. 16 at the WISD Administration Building, located at 411 N Gibson St. It is a come-and-go event.
Earlier this year, the Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees voted 6-to-1 to approve Glenn’s evaluation. The board also approved to award Glenn a salary increase.
Board members later stated the raise is a reflection of the successes the district has had under Glenn’s leadership during a time of significant growth.
On Jan. 23, 2017, the board approved a contract extension for Glenn through July 2022 in a 5-to-2 vote.
Initially hired Jan. 6, 2014, Glenn’s original contract was scheduled to end July 31, 2017. In Aug. 2016, he was offered and accepted a pay raise that boosted his annual salary roughly $10,000 — from $175,000 to $185,000 but not to exceed $190,000. The contract signed last year also stipulated Glenn’s salary was to increase by $5,000 on July 31 of each year from 2018-2021.
Glenn declined a 2.9 percent raise in 2015.
“Waxahachie ISD will miss Dr. Glenn’s leadership and strong financial stewardship,” stated Dusty Autrey, Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees President. “Dr. Glenn leaves a lasting legacy in Waxahachie ISD with the new Waxahachie High School and the implementation of many innovative programs.”
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith