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The Smithville Independent School District Board of Trustees gave the district’s superintendent a vote of confidence when they renewed his contract for three more years at their regular meeting Jan. 28.

Superintendent Dr. Rock McNulty began working for the district in July 2009 and his new contract will now expire on June 30, 2016.

“It is my belief that Dr. McNulty is the right person to have at the helm during this difficult time,” said Kamron Saunders, board president. “With the uncertainty of funding and accountability standards, Smithville ISD remains vulnerable and at the mercy of the legislature.”

McNulty said he is excited to continue working together to improve SISD schools.

“We have been through a lot of challenges as a board and superintendent team with the effects of the devastating fires, the financial challenges of the last two years, and the additional state requirements that seem to be increasing,” he said. “I am encouraged that we will continue to work together toward meeting those challenges while also achieving the goals we have set for ourselves and the students and staff.”

It was a unanimous consent and vote by the board.

“This is a great community and school district to work for and with, “McNulty said. “It is obvious that the board is committed to provide a sound education for every student and to do that as a team.”


Also during the SISD meeting, outstanding students for the third six-weeks were recognized by the board and presented certificates by McNulty.

From the high school were sophomore Zoe Hovin, and freshman Nathaniel Olvera. From the junior high were seventh-grader Netanya McKeown and eighth-grader Matthew Skotnicki.

The recognition was followed by a short presentation by character education speaker Ana Luevano-Young, who read her essay about one of the 12 most important character traits by month, loyalty.

January was school board appreciation month and to show the board members their appreciation, students from each campus awarded the members with a gift.

The high school sponsored them with goodie bags full of edible desserts, the junior high gave plaques and a picture signed by the entire student council, the elementary made a video that was presented to them during the meeting and Brown Primary made a cookbook for each member.

In honor of board recognition month, McNulty took a moment to recognize them for their contributions and sacrifices to the students and staff of Smithville ISD.

In other business, board members:

• Were presented with the superintendent’s report, which included information regarding the district undergoing a District Snapshot, which is a type of inspection by the Education Service Center Region 13. A report will be filed with TEA. This is due to the district not meeting AYP standards. He also touched on legislative updates that included bills regarding dropping the 15 percent EOC Exam requirement for high school, reducing the number of tests students must take, school security and school finance.

• Amended the approval of purchase and implementation of TASB Board Book. Members of the board have expressed interest in exploring options to produce the monthly board packet electronically versus the current method of paper copies. The district has consulted with the Texas Association of School Boards regarding their program, BoardBook, which is an online service that streamlines the preparation, distribution and publishing of agendas and board packets.


  1. Ron Swafford says:

    The Board made a wise decision on the superintendent — He is the right man for Smithville ISD.

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