Fort Bend ISD Superintendent Dr. Charles Dupre to announce planned resignation (11/16/2020)
Dupre to make formal announcement during Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees meeting, with intent to resign by December 2021.
FORT BEND ISD (November 16, 2020) – During the November 16 meeting of the FBISD Board of Trustees, Fort Bend ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Dupre will announce his intention to resign by December of 2021. Dupre first shared the news in a message to staff this morning.
“My wife, Seeju, and I are in the season of life where our children are grown, and we are ready to pursue new adventures and opportunities. We have devoted a total of 19 years of service to the FBISD community, and each day has been fulfilling and meaningful. And my heart tells me it is time for a change,” wrote Dupre.
Dupre joined Fort Bend ISD as internal auditor in April 1995 and returned to Fort Bend ISD in 2013 after serving in Pflugerville ISD for seven years. Since his appointment as FBISD Superintendent of Schools, Dupre has worked with the Board of Trustees to develop a strong strategic framework and enact changes that have improved outcomes for all student groups, leading the District through challenges that included Hurricane Harvey and the current pandemic. In 2018, Fort Bend ISD was awarded the 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award as the best school district in the large district category, and Dupre was named the Region 4 Superintendent of the Year and finalist for Texas Superintendent of the Year in 2019.
During tonight’s Board meeting, staff will recognize three retiring trustees and newly-elected trustees will be sworn in to begin a three-year term. The Board will also elect new officers.
“I have intentionally timed this announcement to align with the pending transition on the Board because the Board of Trustees and District will be in a period of transition for a season. I am sharing this news now so that the newly-formed Board will have the opportunity to select a leader to partner with them as a member of a new Team of Eight,” said Dupre.
“The district has come a long way since Dr. Dupre returned to us eight years ago.” said Jason Burdine, FBISD Board President. “Dr. Dupre’s integrity, student-focused approach, and commitment to excellence have propelled our district to new heights, becoming recognized as one of the most successful in the state.”
“FBISD is stronger than ever,” President Burdine continued. “Dr. Dupre’s commitment to systems improvement has laid the groundwork for our district’s continued success. I want to thank Dr. Dupre for agreeing to remain with the district while the board begins the important work of finding the district’s next leader. On a personal level, I will be sad to see him leave our district. But I am very happy for Dr. Dupre and his wife Seeju and wish them every happiness as they explore the next chapter of their life.”
While tonight’s planned announcement will address Dupre’s intention to resign from the District at some point during the next year, on Friday, he contacted each trustee to express his plans to continue leading the District while the Board of Trustees conducts the search for a new superintendent.
“The superintendent search process takes a great deal of time, so I am providing the Board notice now to enable them to develop their strategy and timeline. Once that is known, I will work with the Board to establish my formal separation from the District.Although change is coming, I remain committed to supporting staff and the Board of Trustees as we continue our efforts to serve students. I will also stand in firm support of the new Board as they focus on team building, organizational governance, launching the search for a new superintendent, and adopting a budget for the 2020-21 school year during a pandemic and economic crisis,” said Dupre.
At an upcoming meeting, the Board will further discuss the timeline and approach that will be used to search for a new superintendent to lead the District.