Question and Answer: Calhoun County ISD's new superintendent
By by Dianna Wray
Jan. 19, 2011 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 18, 2011 at 7:19 p.m.
Billy Wiggins stepped in as the new superintendent of Calhoun County School District earlier this month. On Tuesday afternoon, the new superintendent sat down in his office to talk about joining the district and his plans for the future.
How does it feel to be here as the new superintendent for Calhoun County Independent School District?
It feels really good. It'll feel much better when we can move. We're in a travel trailer and we'll feel much better when we can move into a house or something more permanent.
What school district did you come from?
Salado, up around Austin. I was superintendent there.
What made you take this job?
Honestly, I think it's a really good school district and a very good opportunity for me. Also, I was born in Galveston and when you've got that salt in your blood, you just have to go back to it.
What are you looking forward to working on in the school district?
Well, it's the first time I've ever come into a school district that's already exemplary and I'm excited about that, but we'll still have challenges to face in the coming year.
What are some of those challenges?
There's the shortfall in the budget, and we'll also be paying close attention to what the state legislature does with the state budget and how that will impact us.
We'll also be up for onsite review for the bilingual/ESL program from the TEA, because the school went from a 1 to a 4 rating last year.
We'll also be working on getting the (Annual Yearly Progress report) rating up since we didn't pass for special education math.
How have the first few weeks on the job been?
I have been to see all of the campuses and my observation is that there are a lot of diligent educators in the district. I'm excited to begin working with them and I hope my 33 years of experience help us to continue offering an excellent education to our students. It sounds kind of corny, but it's true.