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Dr. Jim Vaszauskas, Superintendent
Dr. Mark Jackson, Acting Superintendent

Dr. Mark Jackson, Acting Superintendent

Dr. Mark JacksonAt the April 15, 2015 called board meeting, trustees named Dr. Mark Jackson to serve as interim superintendent while Superintendent Dr. Jim Vaszauskas is on medical leave.

Dr. Jackson has approximately 30 years of extensive experience in educational leadership roles. He was the superintendent for Burleson ISD for eight years. Prior to that, he was the five-year superintendent for Kerrville ISD. Dr. Jackson also spent 10 years in principal and assistant principal roles for Grand Prairie ISD before working at that district’s central office in various executive roles.  Dr. Jackson earned his Ph.D. in Administrative Leadership and his Master of Education from the University of North Texas. He also holds Superintendent and Mid-Management certifications.

“We are fully confident in Dr. Mark Jackson’s capabilities to continue to guide our district while Dr. Vaszauskas is taking care of his health,” said Dr. Michael Evans, school board president. “We already have a very strong team of leaders on the administrative and campus levels, and Dr. Jackson will continue to support their efforts in Dr. Vaszauskas’ absence. We valued the input and insight from Dr. Vaszauskas in this decision so that the transition is comfortable for everyone.”

Last week, Dr. Vaszauskas sent a letter to the MISD community explaining that his thymoma cancer has returned. He will out be for a few months to receive treatment for it. The prognosis is very positive, and Dr. Vaszauskas is expecting to return back to work no later than August.

Dr. Jackson assumed his interim role on Monday, April 20, 2015.

Dr. Jim Vaszauskas, Superintendent

At the July 23, 2013 school board meeting, trustees unanimously voted in favor of hiring Dr. Jim Vaszauskas for the district's Superintendent position.

Dr. Jim Vaszauskas has over 30 years of service to Texas public schools and recently served as the Mansfield ISD Associate Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Accountability. The curriculum division is responsible for the instructional needs and assessment for 41 campuses and over 33,000 students. 

Dr. Vaszauskas served as a classroom teacher for 20 years and also held positions as a coach, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. Dr. Vaszauskas earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Baylor University, his Master's of Arts from Texas Wesleyan University, and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Dr. Vaszauskas’ areas of expertise include administrator development and evaluation, curriculum development and alignment, leadership training, and policy development and analysis. He has published several articles on these topics and is a frequent speaker at local and statewide professional development conferences. He has received advanced training in the Baldrige Continuous Improvement Framework and is trained as a curriculum auditor.

Contact the Superintendent's Office via e-mail or by phone at 817-299-6302.

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