After 37 years in education, Mansfield ISD Superintendent Dr. Jim Vaszauskas announced he is retiring.
Dr. Vaszauskas came to Mansfield ISD in 2009 as superintendent of curriculum and instruction. In 2013, the MISD School Board named him interim superintendent and later promoted him to the superintendent of schools.
During his tenure at MISD, Dr. Vaszauskas was named the 2017 Region 11 Superintendent of the Year and a top five finalist for the 2017 Texas Superintendent of the Year award. MISD also received an “A” from the Texas Education Agency under his guidance and adopted tangible ways to track student progress through the Vision 2020 strategic plan.
“I love Mansfield ISD! However, in my heart, I believe it is time for this wonderful district to have new leadership,” said Dr. Vaszauskas. “I pledge to make this transition smooth and fully trust that the amazing MISD School Board will find the best leader for this district who will fulfill the needs of students, staff and the community.”
Dr. Vaszauskas has served as an English teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, associate superintendent and superintendent in his public education career. He also stayed active in the Mansfield ISD community, serving on the boards of the Mansfield Sunrise Rotary Club, the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce, the MISD Education Foundation and the Methodist Mansfield Medical Center.
“While we will never be able to replace Dr. Vaszauskas, I am confident that we will be able to find another great leader who will continue to prioritize student success,” said Board President Karen Marcucci. ”We are committed to continuing our work to focus on student outcomes and maintain a tradition of excellence.”
Dr. Vaszauskas’ last day will be Feb. 5, 2020. The MISD School Board is currently establishing a process for hiring the next superintendent, which will be discussed further at the regular board meeting on Tuesday, June 25.