Dr. Jerry Gibson named lone finalist in Galveston.
Marshall ISD’s Board of Trustees will immediately begin the process of searching for the district’s next superintendent, as Dr. Jerry Gibson was named lone finalist for superintendent of Galveston ISD on Wednesday.
Brad Burris, President of the MISD Board of Trustees, said the district would be diligent in its search to replace Gibson, who has served as superintendent in MISD since July of 2016.
“The Board of Trustees would like to thank Dr. Gibson for his service to Marshall ISD,” said Burris. “Dr. Gibson came to Marshall four-and-a-half years ago while the district was in a period of transition. As a result of his leadership, MISD has not only excelled but has charted a course to an exemplary school district. We sincerely appreciate the hard work and long hours he has served our students and our staff. We wish him and Tammy nothing but the best with this current opportunity to move closer to children and grandchildren in Galveston ISD.”
The search for MISD’s 24th superintendent in many ways has already begun, Burris said, with the district considering options for leadership during the interim until a new superintendent is found to replace Gibson.
Dr. Jerry Gibson arrived in Marshall in July 2016 after serving as superintendent of Coldspring ISD. He inherited a district in the middle of a $109.2 million bond program with the construction of three new elementary schools and a new junior high school, as well as coming off a year in which six of the district’s campuses had received an Improvement Required rating from the Texas Education Agency.
The new schools opened in 2017 and as of the end of the 2018-2019 school year, all MISD campuses had received TEA “Met Standard” ratings. Texas districts were not rated by the TEA last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down every school in Texas for the last 2 ½ months of the school year.
Gibson has also overseen the improvement of district facilities, including budgeted renovations at Marshall High School that have completely changed the look of the building that has served MHS students since 1980. All district athletic facilities have also seen renovations, including new turf, new press box and new restrooms in Maverick Stadium; new turf on both baseball and softball fields; a complete renovation inside Maverick Gym; and new surfacing on the MHS tennis courts. The district also recently has completed the construction of a new multipurpose, covered pavilion with turf to serve all MHS student groups. A new facility for Marshall FFA students is also in the works on campus at Marshall High School.
Gibson now enters a 21-day waiting period for lone finalists as prescribed by state law, and is expected to remain officially with MISD through January before leaving for his new post in Galveston.
“As we have done in the past, the board will immediately begin the process of searching for our next superintendent,” Burris said. “MISD has made incredible strides over the past 10 years, and we are extremely excited about the future of Marshall Independent School District.”