KISD releases statement on superintendent exit
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The Kenedy Independent School District and superintendent Jan LaCour released a joint statement Monday afternoon announcing that LaCour will “pursue new opportunities in education” and that the two are parting ways on “mutually agreeable terms.”

LaCour has agreed to stay in her position with KISD “during a transition period while the district seeks a suitable replacement.” LaCour will be using “some personal and vacation time and the Board will begin the search for an interim superintendent.”

The decision comes on the heels of the district’s first “Recognized” rating in the Texas Education Agency’s Accountability System. During her three-plus years with the district, LaCour helped improve upon the “Acceptable” rating of all three district campuses and the district as a whole. The release, which is signed by LaCour and KISD School Board president Edward Monson, states, “The discipline systems and procedures implemented at all campuses by the staff and administration resulted in improved student behavior, classroom management, and increased student achievement.”

LaCour said in the state, “I would like to thank the community for giving me the opportunity to serve the students and families of Kenedy Independent School District and I celebrate what we have been able to accomplish together. Our District theme this year states, ‘Inspire, Prepare, Educate: There is no place like Kenedy’ and it is very evident this is true. I will always remember my time in Kenedy.”

The Board’s regular meeting Monday evening was not completed by press time. There were no related items on the agenda.

LaCour’s contract began on Jan. 16, 2008, and was set to expire on June 30, 2011. Her annual salary started at $92,000 and increased by 2 percent to $93,840 in the 2009-2010 school year.

In her contract, it is stated that, “The Board may dismiss the Superintendent at any time for good cause in accordance with Texas Education Code 21.211,21.212(d) and Board policy.” It also states that, “The Superintendent may resign, with the consent of the Board, at any time or as allowed by state law.”

Monson said, “The Board wishes Dr. LaCour the best of luck in her future endeavors and appreciates the time and commitment she has provided Kenedy ISD during her time here,” in the press release.
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