Region 4 comprises 48 public school districts and 37 open-enrollment charter schools and represents more than 1.2 million students, 97,000 educators and 1,500 campuses, according to a press release. The TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school boards.
Candidates are chosen for their strong leadership skills, dedication to improving educational quality, ability to build effective employee relations, student performance and commitment to public involvement in education, according to the release. Local nominees are submitted to a regional selection committee, which chooses one nominee to send to the state selection committee.
“Throughout Dr. Dupre’s six years as superintendent, Fort Bend ISD has developed a solid foundation for success, with a clear focus on educating the whole child,” FBISD board President Jason Burdine said in a statement. “The district has seen significant growth in student achievement and has significantly increased opportunities for all our students, including traditionally underrepresented groups. Dr. Dupre is a great supporter of our students and staff and exemplifies what we work to instill in our students—the attributes of our Profile of a Graduate.”
Dupre is among 19 regional finalists who will be interviewed by the state committee in Austin on Aug. 23-24. The committee will select five state finalists, and one "Superintendent of the Year" will be chosen Sept. 21 at the 2019 Texas Association of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards Convention in Dallas.