NISD superintendent resigning

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - NACOGDOCHES, Texas (Press release) - Nacogdoches ISD Superintendent Dr. Rodney Hutto announced his intent to retire from the district on April 30, 2011 in executive session at the regular meeting of the Nacogdoches ISD board of Trustees on December 16, 2010.

In his remarks shared with the Board of Trustees, Hutto said "I've always believed that change is a good thing, but it's a lot better if you have the time to plan it. We still have a lot that I would like to accomplish, but I hope by announcing my intentions now you will have the time to select the best possible candidate for NISD."

Hutto's contract was extended last January through the close of the 2011-12 school year. He stated that his decision to retire at this time comes after careful consideration of the needs of my family and the district.

Board Secretary Susan Rushing, reluctantly accepted his resignation "with deep regret and gratitude for his many contributions to the children of this district."

Dr. Hutto has brought great initiatives and fiscal responsibility to the district. He will be sorely missed but it is his experience as well as ours that will ensure the momentum he started will continue, said Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Ronny Knox.

Notable achievements in the district under Hutto's direction, include increased attendance, reduced dropout rate, gained in population and now have the highest graduation rate in the history of the NISD.

In an email to NISD teachers and staff, Hutto stated, that the successes seen over the last 4 ½ years "are the direct result of the hard work and commitment of you the teachers, administrators and staff of Nacogdoches Independent School District. We have accomplished much, and we will continue to accomplish great things during this school year."

President of the Board of Trustees Zeke Martinez expressed great appreciation for Hutto's leadership and "his commitment to providing our students with the best possible tools for success. We wish him happiness in his retirement, but he will be greatly missed."

Dr. Rodney Hutto has been in education for more than 25 years-having served as teacher, assistant principal, principal and superintendent. He will have been with the district 5 years in June.  He previously served as Superintendent of Sherman ISD for 6 years and Bloomington ISD for 3 years. He received his Doctorate in Education from the University of Texas- Austin and holds an MA and 2 Bachelors of Science degrees from Texas A&M-College Station.