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Superintendent's Message

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,


Welcome to Shepherd ISD where we are a community focused district. We are a strong district with numerous programs designed to provide students opportunities to explore interests, prepare for further academic pursuits, enter the military, or successfully compete in the workforce after school.


My career as an educator has focused on student safety first with strong academic instruction and expectations second. I bring that philosophy with me and will work to ensure the same is in place on every campus. Each child deserves the opportunity to go to school and be welcomed by staff and trust that they will be safe. The student code of conduct is the set of rules addressing student behavior and will be consistently enforced.


I am personally committed to building and maintaining consistent communication between home and school. The relationship between parent, teacher, and administration is extremely important for each child’s education. As such, I am always looking for ways to make it even better. Please feel free to reach out and contact me if ever you have a question or comment…for I assure you I want to hear it.

Rick Hartley