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Weimar leader named superintendent of the year

By Carolina Astrain
July 1, 2014 at 2:01 a.m.


BY THE NUMBERS

Here's a look at the Weimar school district according to its 2012-13 Texas Academic Performance Report:

• 80 percent of students districtwide passed all subjects on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, also known as STAAR.

• 92.2 percent of students who graduated in 2012 did so within a four-year time period.

•  1,472 was the district's average SAT score in 2012.

• 22 was the district's average ACT score in 2012.

• 75.5 percent of students from the 2010-11 school year attended a Texas college or university.

Source: Texas Education Agency

In 2012, the Weimar school district was dealt a major blow when a tornado caused $1 million in damages to its high school - one year after the state cut its education budget by $5.4 billion.

And though it has been two years since the storm, Weimar Superintendent Jon Wunderlich said he remains grateful for the community's support.

A quarter of the damage was covered by local fundraising efforts by the Weimar community, and the rest was covered by insurance, Wunderlich said.

Wunderlich was recently named Superintendent of the Year by the Region III Education Service Center.

"This award is definitely a reflection of not me, but the work this entire community has done together," said Wunderlich, who began teaching at Weimar ISD in 1995.

The superintendent was selected from other district leaders in 39 districts across nine counties in the Crossroads.

Candidates were judged on student performance, administration and school climate, school board and community relations, school improvement and management of finances, instruction, students, personnel and facilities.

The Weimar superintendent will be presented with the award Aug. 27 in Victoria and is eligible for the statewide Superintendent of the Year award.

Wunderlich, of Sheridan, had just arrived home when he heard a tornado was headed toward the high school.

"My initial reaction was the safety of our kids," Wunderlich, said. "I was shocked to hear we had no major injuries. ... It was such a blessing."

Wunderlich is a 24-year veteran of education and previously served the Weimar school district as athletic director, high school principal and math teacher.

"I've invested in this community, and this community has invested in me," Wunderlich said. "When you're at a small school, you have to be well-rounded. I've worn many hats in my time here - from curriculum director to business manager to transportation director; being the superintendent is just one of those hats."

During his time as the head baseball coach, Wunderlich led Weimar to six state tournament appearances and five state championships.

The Weimar school district was recently named one of five winners of the 2013-14 UIL Lone Star Cup, which takes a look at a district's academic and athletic achievements, for the second year in a row.

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