HISD Names New Top Officers For Elementary, Middle And High Schools
In the next step in the transformation of the Houston Independent School District, Superintendent Terry Grier announced today the hiring of three new administrators who will oversee elementary, middle and high schools.
The district chose the three new chief school officers in a national search. They will replace the present-day regional superintendent structure at HISD. The new organizational structure takes effect next year, but the new officers will begin working immediately on planning efforts.
Sam Sarabia will serve as Chief School Officer of Elementary Schools. Sarabia is an internal HISD candidate currently serving as the East Region Superintendent and he was a former HISD and Region 4 principal of the year.
Terence Johnson, a leader of KIPP’s national principal training program, has experience in middle-school turnaround has been named Chief School Officer of Middle Schools.
The post of Chief School Officer of High Schools will be held by Dr. David Simmons, former superintendent of Richardson ISD – a state recognized district for three consecutive years.
“I believe the new organizational structure and the quality of leaders will serve as a strong foundation for building the necessary system of supports our principals, teachers and students need to be successful,” Grier said in a statement.