It's Time to Say Goodbye!

I arrived at The Varnett Public School on August 25, 2014, the first day of school of the 2014-2015 school year and have enjoyed every moment since then. I have been honored and privileged to serve as your Superintendent for the past seven years. There were tears and whoops of great joy during this time as the Varnett team worked to bond and chase excellence. We were making tremendous gains in enrollment, academics, and finance until COVID struck, but this year we are on the way back up! Although I love what I do, I want you to know that I have informed the Board of Directors of my intent to retire effective August 31, 2022.
I want to thank each of you for allowing us to educate your children.

We will begin the 2022-2023 school year on August 8, 2022, and as I reflect on this year, I realize we have much to be proud of:
      * The number of COVID cases decreased to zero as we entered the final weeks of school.
      * We implemented our first Summer Learning Academy which enrolled over 100 students
who not only continued their learning but participated in fun activities and field trips.
      * We employed tutors to assist students who were unsuccessful on the STAAR test in 2021.
      * We finished the year with only five vacant teacher positions.
      * Students are involved in enrichment and extracurricular activities such as chess, cheerleading and basketball.
      * Our strong security team, bus drivers and staff kept our children safe.
      * Most of all we are so proud of the performance of our students on the STAAR test. Our students had double-            digit growth gains in most of our core subjects, something that most researchers said would take several years          to get back to pre-pandemic level. I congratulate our teachers, Directors, students and parents for working                  toward and achieving this goal. 
It has been an honor to serve as Superintendent of a school district where everyone is continually chasing excellence in all things. The Board of Directors is hard at work searching for the next Superintendent. Shortly you will also be able to provide input on the characteristics of that next person to continue the quest for excellence.
Thank you for allowing me to participate in educating your child for the past seven years. 
It has been an honor!
Dr. Margaret Stroud       
Retiring Superintendent    
The Varnett Public School