Belmarez requested that the board conduct his review in open session on Jan. 10.
After filling out written evaluations, Board President Keith Petrus announced that the board cumulatively gave the superintendent a rating of 4.83 out of five.
“That is clearly outstanding,” Petrus said.
Belmarez humbly welcomed the good news.
“I’m really pleased that the board has shown confidence in me,” he said. “I recognize that there’s still a lot of work to do. We’re improving every day to keep reaching our goals.”
The superintendent, who will celebrate eight years with the district in May, said his major goal is to maintain high academic achievement in S-TISD; namely, earning the Exemplary rating from the state.
“It’s one thing to hit (that mark); it’s a different thing to sustain it,” Belmarez said.
Other areas the administrator must focus on include the new elementary school building. Land has already been cleared for that project, and the board will consider approving a building program at its next meeting on Jan. 24.
“We want to improve the look and the condition of our facilities,” Belmarez said.
A third goal, he said, is to maintain a “healthy financial situation.”
“That’s quite a challenge in today’s environment,” said the superintendent.
The administrator is a Seguin native who came to Skidmore from Hays Consolidated ISD, near Austin, where he was an assistant superintendent.
That district is in a fast-growing, suburban area, Belmarez said, quite different from the more rural life of Skidmore-Tynan.
However, S-TISD is experiencing growth. Belmarez said the district has grown by about 150 students.
“We’ve had staff come and go since then,” he said. “But the high standards and expectations we have now are the same ones I walked into in 2003.
“We’ve continued to try to make (the district) better every day,” Belmarez continued. “That’s what’s made the last eight years go by so fast.”
Sarah Taylor is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 122, or sarah@mySouTex.com.