As a reminder, administration recommended to the Board on Sept. 24 that an additional one-time payment be made to eligible staff in February 2021. Trustees unanimously approved the additional one-time payment of $1,000 for all qualified full-time exempt employees (professional staff), and $500 for all full-time non-exempt (hourly) employees. One-half of the final approved amount will be provided to any qualified half-time employee based on their classification as exempt or non-exempt. To be eligible, an employee must have been employed and working by Nov. 15, 2020 and must still be employed and working through Jan. 31, 2021.
This one-time payment is intended as a retention incentive to encourage employees to fulfill their commitment to the District.
After leading the Birdville Independent School District for almost 10 years, Superintendent Dr. Darrell Brown announced today his plans to retire effective June 30, 2021.
“Let me begin by saying how honored I am to serve as the superintendent in Birdville ISD,” Brown said in a video message to staff. “As I reflect on this being the 10th year in this special school district, I can only smile and say thank you so much for your support and for your commitment to the education of our students throughout these years.”
The Birdville School Board will discuss the Superintendent’s intent to retire at their February 25 meeting and are expected to share their plans to hire a search firm to assist with finding a replacement. Dr. Brown will remain in his leadership role through the search and transition.
Under Dr. Brown’s leadership, Birdville ISD:
23 National Merit Finalists,
103 National Merit Commended Scholars,
39 National Hispanic Scholars,
Five National Merit Achievement Scholars, and
Two National Merit Special Scholarship recipients;
Implemented additional safety and security measures on every campus;
Moved to one-to-one technology for students;
Rebuilt seven of the District’s oldest facilities with voter-approved bonds;
Increased overall student academic performance on standardized tests which are consistently above state and national averages;
Received the highest rating from the state, “Superior Achievement,” for management of taxpayer dollars;
Opened the Collegiate Academy of Birdville (CAB), where students can earn an Associate degree while in high school;
Went from being ranked 77th (out of the top 200 largest school districts across Texas) in productivity to being ranked third by Education Resource Group (ERG);
Received recognition from ERG as one of the top ten school districts in Texas for achieving high academic performance while maintaining efficient operations;
Received recognition from the Texas Comptroller’s Office for transparency for traditional finances and debt obligation; and
Much, much more.
Upon retirement, Dr. Brown will have completed 37 years of service in public education. He said, “I am so proud that I am ending my tenure here in such a special place in Birdville ISD. I can’t thank you enough for your commitment to our students, our staff and our community.”
“The Board wishes Dr. Brown the best in his well-deserved retirement. He is leaving the District on solid ground as we look to the future,” said Jack McCarty, Board president. “Dr. Brown, thank you for your leadership. You will be missed.”