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Board of Trustees Names Cheryl Burns as Lone Finalist for Superintendent Position

Smithville ISD Press Release
Board Names Burns as Lone Finalist
(March 27, 2018 11:30am) During the March 26th School Board Meeting, the Smithville ISD Board of Trustees named Interim Superintendent Cheryl Burns as the Lone Finalist for the top spot as the district’s new superintendent of schools, replacing Dr. Rock McNulty. Mrs. Burns’ appointment was welcomed with applause by all in attendance at the meeting.
Mrs. Burns has been filling the role of interim superintendent since March 1, 2018. Having served students, families and staff members in Smithville ISD and Bastrop ISD for the past 33 years, Mrs. Burns brings a wealth of experience and motivational ideas to the position of superintendent.
“Mrs. Burns has shown leadership in almost every area of district operations in her role as assistant superintendent and is well prepared to lead Smithville ISD,” said School Board President Dareld Morris III. “It has been very rewarding working with her the past few years in her role as assistant superintendent and now as interim superintendent.”
“I would like to express my appreciation to the school board for this vote of confidence and for this incredible opportunity to continue serving the district I truly love,” Mrs. Burns said. “I am surrounded by a strong team of district and campus leaders who collaboratively put students first. Our teachers are the backbone of Smithville ISD. Great teachers make the difference for every child. We will continue to open new pathways for students to be successful in a dynamic society where tomorrow’s opportunities are yet to be determined. I will be known as a leader who keeps an open door for all participants in the educational process. It takes a village to educate a child and every member of our community has something of value to contribute toward the success of our students. “
Mrs. Burns’ career includes that as a middle school and high school science teacher before stepping into leadership roles as an assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, and assistant superintendent. Her leadership has included instruction, accountability, strategic planning and continuous improvement efforts, to name a few.
Mrs. Burns’ professional honors include being a recipient of the 1995 Smithville ISD Superintendent’s Extra Mile Award, the 1996 Outstanding Conservation Teacher from the Bastrop County Soil & Water Conservation District, the 1996 & 1997 Excellence in Education Award from Smithville High School, 1995 Colorado River Watch Network River Watch Strider, 1999 Colorado Writer Award from the Colorado River Watch Network, 2010 Honorary Chapter Sweetheart from the Smithville FFA, 2013 Dean’s Roundtable Outstanding Educator Award from Texas A&M University, and also received an Honorary Lone Star FFA Degree from the Texas FFA Association in 2014.
Mrs. Burns earned a bachelor of science with a major in biology from the University of Houston. She earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Texas A&M University and earned her superintendent’s certification in 2008.
The state of Texas requires school districts to name a lone finalist for superintendent, followed by a 21-day waiting period. The school board will vote on Mrs. Burns’ appointment as superintendent at that time.
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