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HISD Superintendent Terry Grier Is Stepping Down March 1st

Grier cited a number of factors including his age and recent health issues.

Houston Independent School District Superintendent Terry Grier is stepping down. He made the announcement Thursday afternoon at HISD Headquarters.

Grier cited a number of factors including his age and recent health issues. He also said “it’s just time.”

Grier noted major accomplishments during his tenure.

“I can say to you now that our graduation rate is at an all-time high in the history of the district, and these are kids of poverty,” Grier said. “These are kids of color.”

He plans to remain with the district until March, and take on other projects after leaving HISD. 

HISD Superintendent Terry Grier’s video announcement:


Terry Grier’s full emailed statement:

Dear HISD Community:

Six years ago, you welcomed me to this great city. Today, I am writing to thank you for the honor of trusting me with your children’s education, and to let you know that effective March 1, 2016, I will be stepping down from my position as Houston ISD superintendent. I hope our team exceeded your expectations.

Your support came in many forms, and all of it was needed. You volunteered to read with students. You built playgrounds and you stocked our libraries. You donated prizes to encourage our students to perform at higher levels than they ever thought possible. You contributed millions to help us hire tutors for our neediest students in our toughest schools. When we came to you with a plan to rebuild high schools in neighborhoods across Houston so that our students would no longer have to look at suburban school buildings with envy, almost 70 percent of you voted in favor.

Today, HISD is considered the best urban school district in America. There’s a reason for that. While cities across the nation have abandoned their urban schools, Houston has embraced and invested in them. In big-city school districts elsewhere, mass school closures and teacher layoffs are common and enrollment numbers are plummeting. Not in Houston. We’ve added 15,000 students to our district the past six years and we’ve opened innovative new schools such as the Energy Institute High School and the Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan that showcase our city’s leading industries. We now have more than 50 dual-language schools where students are becoming proficient in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Arabic, capitalizing on our city’s great diversity and leading role in this global economy.

Our great team accomplished much more over the past six years, and you can read more about our students’ achievements here. I also encourage you to watch and share this short video I recorded thanking Houston for welcoming me to the family. It has been an honor to serve with you, and I know you will rally behind whomever our Board of Education chooses as my replacement. That’s what Houston does. Thank you.

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