Spring ISD Superintendent Rodney Watson will be leaving the district in January after serving as the head of the district since 2014 for a position with nonprofit Texas Association of School Boards, officials announced in an Oct. 14 district news release.
“I am deeply proud of all we have accomplished together as a team in SISD for the benefit of the more than 33,000 students we serve every day,” Watson said in a statement. “I have worked shoulder to shoulder over the past seven years with a phenomenal board, excellent principals, central office administrators, and school staff to improve student outcomes.”
Prior to becoming SISD’s superintendent seven years ago, Watson served as the chief human resources officer for Houston ISD.
Watson’s resignation is effective in January, after which he will serve as the TASB’s deputy executive director. In that role, he will oversee several departments and initiatives pertaining to organization member experience, according to an Oct. 14 TASB news release. The TASB has more than 7,000 school board members, representing Texas’ 1,024 school boards, according to the organization’s website.
The SISD school board will begin searching for a new superintendent at its upcoming meetings.
“As a board, my fellow trustees and I are grateful for [Watson’s] steady leadership and wish him well in the next chapter of his career,” board President Rhonda Newhouse said in a statement. “Looking forward, we are committed to the planning process to select the next new dynamic leader of Spring ISD.”