CFISD superintendent named Region 4 Superintendent of the Year

July 9, 2018

Dr. Henry
Dr. Mark Henry

July 9, 2018—Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, has been named the 2018 Region 4 Superintendent of the Year and will serve as the region’s nominee for the Texas Superintendent of the Year program, sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).

The Texas Superintendent of the Year will be announced at the 2018 TASA/TASB Convention, to be held Sept. 28-30, 2018 in Austin.

Dr. Henry was nominated by the CFISD Board of Trustees in recognition of his outstanding and visionary leadership toward improving student performance in CFISD, which is the third-largest district in Texas. During his seven-year tenure, CFISD has earned recognition and praise for its academics, college and career readiness programs, community engagement, fiscal management and athletics.

Dr. Henry has been praised by the CFISD Board of Trustees for his servant leadership, which included being an integral part of obtaining and guiding resources to assist the CFISD community during and after Hurricane Harvey. Under his leadership, the district served as a point of safety and relief to many impacted by the devastating event.

“We are grateful and proud to have our superintendent, Dr. Mark Henry, represent Region 4 in the TASB Superintendent of the Year program,” said Dr. John Ogletree Jr., CFISD Board president. “Dr. Henry is a consummate example for every educational leader in our state and a champion for children of every background. He provides the blueprint to our theme of ‘Opportunity for All.’”

Dr. Henry’s vision is the tenet of CFISD’s goal to provide the best possible education and service to all students in the district, with his commitment to excellence seen in various CFISD accomplishments, which include:

  • 100 percent of the district’s campuses earning a “Met Standard” rating for five consecutive years since 2012;
  • ranking No. 1 for financial performance for seven consecutive years among the 200 largest districts in Texas by the Education Resource Group;
  • receiving a five-star rating from TXSmartSchools for academic progress and cost-effective financial management for seven consecutive years;
  • successful passing of a $1.21 billion bond referendum, the largest such election in district history;
  • creation of the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD police department;
  • fostering community partnerships that have brought the district $14 million in school donations last year; and
  • developing successful academic programs for students needing additional assistance in math and reading.

“Dr. Mark Henry is well respected by his colleagues, staff and community and serves as a courageous voice for students and for public education,” said Dr. Pam Wells, Region 4 Education Service Center executive director. “The district’s successes reflect his personal and passionate belief that the mission of public schools is to provide equality of opportunity for all students. We congratulate Dr. Henry for this well-deserved recognition and wish him the best in his nomination for Texas Superintendent of the Year.”

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