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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.


This year is different than in prior years in that the criteria of how school districts are evaluated by the State is not completely determined. In fact, how we will be rated this year won’t be fully shared with districts until later this year. Regardless of that, our staff will teach your children, monitor their success, identify areas of need, provide interventions or extension opportunities, and educate them as the Board, parents, and community expect.


I am personally committed to building and maintaining consistent communication between home and school. The relationship between parent, teacher, and administration is so important for each child’s education. As such, I am always looking for ways to make it even better.  To help me become familiar with the District and community in my first year in Shepherd, I will hold “stake holder” meetings where I will do a lot of listening. The meetings will involve students, staff, and parents. It is through asking questions and listening that I will learn. 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