Longview, TX — As Longview ISD sent 40 students home with diplomas Monday night, school board President Sam Satterwhite unveiled a new vision for the school board that he said will focus on academic achievement, including quarterly evaluations for the board and the superintendent.
“The board has not been 7-0 enough when it comes to academics,” Satterwhite said. “I promise for this next year, we will push and push and push for sustained academic improvement. That is non-negotiable.”
Satterwhite succeeded Troy Simmons as president as the board reorganized itself during the meeting. Ted Beard was selected as vice president; Jud Murray as secretary; and John Preston as assistant secretary.
Satterwhite noted he had asked each of the board members to vote for him as president. He was president when the board passed its bond election and said he wanted to serve in the seat as the bond-building program comes to an end in the upcoming academic year.
He noted Simmons has focused on academics; Beard has worked to close the gap between sub-populations; and that fellow trustee Chris Mack has pushed for better academic performance.
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