Alvin ISD superintendent to retire next year

November 14, 2018

Alvin ISD Superintendent James “Buck” Gilcrease, who oversaw the opening of seven schools during four years in his position, has announced that he will retire in the early spring, according to a press release from the district.

Gilcrease, who has led the district since 2014 and became eligible for retirement last year, announced his decision at a Nov. 13 board meeting.

“It has been the highest honor of my career to serve as superintendent in this school district,” Gilcrease said. “This district is unrelentingly focused on students in the classroom, which I believe is the most significant service in the world.”

The Alvin ISD school board will begin the process of hiring a new superintendent in the coming weeks, according to the release.

Gilcrease said he will continue to advocate for Texas schools through working with a firm that deals with education issues in Texas. The release did not identify the firm.

“I will deeply miss the people of Alvin ISD that make this a great place,” Gilcrease said at the meeting.

Gilcrease led the district through successful bond elections in 2015 and 2018 to to address unprecedented growth in the district. Total enrollment in February was almost 25,000, reflecting an increase of 2,818 students in two years.

Alvin ISD schools that opened while Gilcrease was superintendent were: Shadow Creek High School; Manvel and McNair junior high schools; and Hasse, Meridiana, Brothers and Pomona elementary schools. Additionally, the Alvin ISD Heritage Complex, Bobby Verdine Agricultural Building and the JB Hensler College and Career Academy opened during that period.

The 2018 bond is a $480.5 million package to fund construction of two elementary and two junior high schools and a new high school as well as update security on campuses, acquire land for future campus growth and replace the aging E.C. Mason Elementary and Alvin Primary School campuses.

The bond money also will fund expansion and renovation at Harby Junior High School.

School board president Nicole Tonini stated in the press release, “It is unquestioned that Alvin ISD has benefitted from the leadership and service of Buck Gilcrease.”

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