Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Former SBISD Leaders Announce New Career Transitions

Retired Spring Branch ISD Superintendent of Schools Duncan Klussmann, Ed.D., who retired from SBISD officially in December, was named as the new director of education with The Kinder Foundation. Photo by Gary Fountain/Freelance

Retired Spring Branch ISD Superintendent of Schools Duncan Klussmann, Ed.D., was named recently as the new director of education with the Kinder Foundation. The foundation focuses on urban green spaces, education and life quality issues.
And in a separate announcement in January, well-known former SBISD administrator and Katy ISD Superintendent of Schools Alton Frailey, Ed.D.’ announced that he will retire this August after a 33-year career in Texas public education.

Dr. Klussmann, who retired from SBISD officially in December, was named to the Kinder Foundation along with Guy Hagestette, who will be a new director of parks and civic projects there. The two directors will work at the foundation’s San Felipe Place new offices in Houston.

Nancy Kinder, president of the Kinder Foundation, said the group plans to focus on its key areas of giving, and considers Klussmann and Hagestette as “two of the best in their respective fields.”

“Guy and Duncan have had a profound impact on greenspace and education initiatives and we are excited about broadening those efforts in the greater Houston community and beyond,” Nancy Kinder said in a news release. Richard and Nancy Kinder established their family-based foundation in 1997.

Dr. Klussmann served a decade as superintendent in SBISD, where he also was an interim superintendent and area superintendent. During his tenure, the district won voter approval of the largest bond program in its history. The $597 million bond is responsible for the replacement and rebuilding of 13 district elementary schools, upgrades and renovations across all campuses and athletic facilities, new school buses and upgraded technology.

In addition, SBISD started up the SKY Partnership, a one-of-a-kind partnership between SBISD, KIPP Houston and YES Prep Public Schools under Dr. Klussmann’s leadership. Program charters now operate at two middle schools and one high school under the partnership.

District focus on the T-2-4 goal of doubling the number of graduates completing a college degree, technical education or military training began with Dr. Klussmann, too, and has remained SBISD’s single-focused goal.

In January, Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey, Ed.D., announced his retirement.
Photo courtesy of Katy ISD
Meanwhile, Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey, Ed.D., served in SBISD as an area superintendent along with Dr. Klussmann. Dr. Frailey told Katy ISD Trustees recently that a decision to retire in August came after “much thought, deliberation and heartfelt prayer.”

Dr. Frailey said in a recent public letter to Katy ISD staff, students and community that he had “a truly rewarding career, but it is now time for me to focus on the next chapter of my life and consider other opportunities before me.”

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