Trish-Hanks-FISDFriendswood ISD Superintendent Trish Hanks has announced that the 2016-17 school year will be her last at the helm of the school district.

Hanks—who served as superintendent for 15 years—announced her decision to the board of trustees Monday, and will remain in her capacity until the conclusion of the year.

“I am most honored to have served as superintendent of this great school district,” Hanks said in a statement. “The 17 board members that I have worked with over the past 15 years have all been dedicated, selfless individuals who have represented this community and its children well, and I will be forever grateful for all of their support. I will miss the FISD staff who are second to none, and I will remain a strong advocate for our children.”

Hanks spent 32 years in administration at FISD, serving as superintendent, deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and director of personnel, among several other positions.

“Trish Hanks’ name is synonymous with success,” board President Rebecca Hillenburg said. “Through her leadership, vision and decision making, Friendswood ISD has brought such opportunities to our students, staff, and community.”

Prior to her time at FISD, Hanks was a teacher in Texas City ISD for eight years. She moved to FISD as a teacher in 1985.

“I am grateful for any contribution I was able to make that may have led to some of the successes we, as a team, experienced,” Hanks said. “I am looking forward to celebrating more successes in the future.”

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