Judson Journal Winter 2014 - page 4

Filling Big Shoes:
JISD Board Searches
For New Leader
Superintendent, Dr. Willis Mackey retires at the
end of this school year.
Since December 2007
Dr. Willis Mackey has directed
the Judson Independent School
District as Superintendent. In the
course of those years he has
provided much needed stability
that has resulted in an academic
strategy that’s had time to take
root and produce measured suc-
cess. Dr. Mackey recently an-
nounced he will retire at the
ending of the 2014-2015 school
year, saying “being away from
school...that’s something I’m
going to have to adjust to.”
The Judson ISD Board
wanted to continue that journey
of success he initiated, so it has
hired the ser-
vices of
McShan Con-
sulting to
conduct a
search for the
best candi-
dates for the board to consider.
Lead consultant George McShan
began the process back in Octo-
ber and the firm wants to have
all applications closed by the
end of 2014. They look to have
the new superintendent in office
by the spring of 2015. As part of
the selection process, the search
firm solicited input from both
district staff and the community
at large. That was accomplished
by a series of open
community forums
and meetings of staff
and administration
members. Input was
also encouraged
through an online
survey that asked
community members what they
would like to see in a new su-
A small group of fi-
nalists will be vetted and one
finalist will be announced in
early 2015.
…”That’s something
I’m going to have to
adjust to.”
The McShan Consulting Firm
is charged with the superin-
tendent search. It surveyed
the community and district
staff and conducted forums to
obtain input in what stake-
holders are looking for in the
new leader of JISD. Take a
look at the results by clicking
Congratulations to these JECA students for being
accepted at these prestigious universities.
From L-R:
Edwardo Sanchez - MIT
Daunte Baccus - Harvard
Daphnie Martin - Dartmouth
Jason Priest - MIT
These students are examples of the benefits that come
from aiming high. Scholarships are still coming in.
Seven Make All-Star Football Squad
One hundred and one
student athletes coming from 50
high schools in the San Antonio area
have been selected for the San Anto-
nio Sports All-Star Football Game.
Seven players from Judson ISD
were named to the squad. The game,
sponsored by HEB, will feature top
local high school players in a game
following the 2015 U.S. Army All-
American Bowl on Saturday, Janu-
ary 3, 2015 at the Alamodome. The
S.A. All-Star Football Game will be
a battle of the East against the West
at 4:30 pm and showcase the area's
top senior players. Congratulations
to the following athletes from both
Judson and Wagner High Schools:
Judson ISD (East):
Michael Akai, WR, Judson HS
Abdul-laeef Beecham, OL, Judson
Nick Wildberger, snapper, Judson
Jacorey Walker, DB, Wagner HS
Torien Brooks, OL, Wagner HS
Eric Tilghman, RB, Wagner HS
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