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Important Message From Dr. Andre D. Spencer

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Dear Manor ISD Community, 

 

I am so proud of our collective work to lead the Manor Independent School District (MISD) through the most challenging times in our modern history. That is why it is with bittersweet emotions that I am announcing my resignation effective Friday, June 30, 2023, which is the end of my current contract. I am committed to supporting the Board of Trustees in their search for the next superintendent. In any person’s career, there comes a time to evaluate the long term future and for me it is imperative to be closer to my extended family in the Maryland area, particularly my aging mother.  

 

Thank you for being a cherished partner of MISD. Your commitment to your scholars made all the difference. Overnight, you became teachers, cafeteria workers, coaches and after-school programmers. You did your best under incredibly hard conditions and I am forever grateful to you. While the past two years have been extremely difficult, they have also been remarkable and filled with lots of memorable accomplishments, especially graduation, where we reached a projected 95% graduation rate.  This year we also had an increase in reading proficiency, the largest increase in Career Technical Education (CTE) credits earned and the highest number of high school graduates to earn an associate degree along with their high school diplomas.  I have been blessed to work alongside you to champion these accomplishments for our scholars. 

 

Our victories are shared with every single member of the MISD community. During my tenure, I have been humbled to work alongside so many extraordinary parents and educators who had a steadfast focus on scholars, especially our marginalized populations.  This is reflected in the overall increase in graduation and college acceptance rates, improvements in 3rd – 5th grade masters level performance in reading on the state assessments, and the full redesign of secondary schools to readily focus on pathways of completion for CTE and concurrent enrollment, all during a pandemic.  Proudly, we have accomplished these goals together.  

 

I will continue to encourage everyone to reflect on making great decisions for scholars and families, at school and at home.  As the late great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”  I want to thank the extraordinary families of the Manor Independent School District for being a living role model and champion of this expression.  After spending my career serving children in MISD and other communities around our country, I must now consider making space in my life to adopt a child, and having that family support structure in place is a priority.  I am forever grateful for MISD and the strides we have made together. I look forward to a successful 2022-23 school year. Thank you.

 

Educationally yours,

 

Andre D. Spencer 

 

Andre D. Spencer, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools