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VISD board to hold special meeting on superintendent search

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Victoria ISD Board of Trustees will hold three special meetings to interview and discuss the superintendent position.

In December 2017, Superintendent Robert Jaklich, Ed.D. announced he will retire as the leader of Victoria Public Schools, effective August 31, 2018, in order to spend more time with his family. At his retirement, Dr. Jaklich will have served the Victoria Independent School District for six years and public education for 37 years.

In a message to employees, Dr. Jaklich said, “Six years ago we began a mission that everyone would serve as a “Change Agent” and a “Difference Maker” in the lives of our students. We have definitely accomplished this goal. We have built relationships on trust and have focused on every student’s unique potential. It is undoubtedly clear that we are surrounded by extraordinary students, outstanding employees, supportive parents, and a visionary Board of Trustees that truly values the importance of public education.”

As Superintendent of Victoria Public Schools, Dr. Jaklich brought a model of intentional leadership, which has enabled VISD to reach new heights, while maintaining a focus on "Every Child, Every Classroom, Every Day." His transformation of VISD has allowed the district to become a model of educational excellence across the state of Texas.

“I believe he has inspired us to strive to become our best selves,” said Tami Keeling, Board Vice President. “It has been my honor to serve on the Board of Trustees during his tenure. As a Superintendent and individual, he is like none other. He is in a word, inspirational. His leadership has transformed the very fiber of VISD.”

In 2012, his first year as VISD Superintendent, Dr. Jaklich led the efforts to create an atmosphere of “612 Square Miles of Excellence.” Jaklich’s accomplishments include the realignment of the Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability Division with a focus on implementing resources, higher order strategies and engaged lesson plan design; restructuring VISD’s Human Resources Department to recruit, retain and support a high quality workforce; providing salary increases for all employees; increasing Advanced Placement and Dual Credit course offerings; redesigning the VISD pre-k model; and creating new partnerships with area businesses and organizations.

“Dr. Jaklich has served as a guiding force to an exemplary education for every child in VISD. During his six years in VISD, Dr. Jaklich reopened communication with all groups, community, business, parents, teachers, and students. He helped redefine accountability and brought in new ideas to attract highly qualified staff, re-establish trust, and help produce a positive climate,” said

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VISD sought out the public's opinion at the beginning of their search for the next superintendent. 

VISD held open board meetings and town hall to get feedback on what parents and the community would like to see in their next superintendent. 

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The special boards meetings will be Saturday, April 14, Monday and Tuesday, April 16th and 17th. 

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