BCISD superintendent awarded scholarship to be part of ‘think tank’ – Port Arthur News

BCISD Superintendent Receives Fellowship to Be Part of ‘Think Tank’

Posted at 12:26 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2022

BRIDGE CITY — Bridge City Independent School District Superintendent Mike Kelly gets a seat among the state’s brightest minds in education.

The Thompson Executive Leadership Institute (TELI) in Austin released a statement saying Kelly is the recipient of a college scholarship to attend the 30th Annual Academy of Superintendents.

Kelly was nominated by colleagues, who were already invited to attend.

The statement said Kelly met a rigorous set of selection criteria and was judged by the selection committee to have a set of leadership skills that adds value to discussions in a “think tank” of peers.

“It’s a huge honor,” Kelly said. “We already had a session. We met at the beginning of September in Austin, and we meet once a month. Our last session is in March. The level of superintendents in the room is humiliating. We have leaders from all over Texas, from here to El Paso, from South Texas to North Texas. There is one superintendent from each state that borders Texas in this group and two from Puerto Rico.

Kelly said BCISD benefits greatly from the group and the relationships established.

“We hear about what’s going on in other school districts, whether it’s teacher retention, teacher recruitment, discipline or whatever,” he said. “We’re hearing what works in Texas and other states and bringing that research and practices back to Bridge City and positively impacting this school district.”

Kelly also said the advice and information is not one-sided, adding that her district has a lot to offer.

“I think we’re doing a lot of things well,” he said. “We have a very successful school district. We have leaders who are real thinkers outside the box. We have excellent support staff and many programs for our students. Part of our school song is “Be a part of all that’s offered,” and I feel like we take that to heart. We offer a slew of programs and a solid core of education courses. I think we are a strong district doing a lot of good.

The superintendent also hopes to make connections that will continue to help the district grow.

“I think there will be friends for life,” Kelly said. “The bond with this group is good. I think I have people I can rely on throughout my career and I feel like they can do the same with me.

The scholarship pays for all academic expenses, including a field trip to attend leadership development sessions in Puerto Rico. The cost to the district is the superintendent’s trip to Austin and the cost of his board and district members to attend a vision conference in Austin, which is a three-day session.

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