Lance Hindt’s replacement vows to help stop bullying


JUDGE HIDALGO FOR COMMENTS. >>>KATY ISD HAS A NEW SUPERINTENDENT. ACCUSATIONS OF BULLYING PLAGUED HIS PREDECESSOR. >>AND THE NEW SUPERINTENDENT SET DOWN WITH NICK VITTORIO TO TALK ONE-ON-ONE. >>HE HAD QUITE A BIT TO SAY, FOR 10 MINUTES NO QUESTION WAS OFF-LIMITS, MUCH DIFFERENT THEN HIS PREDECESSOR. HE WAS PROMOTED FROM WITHIN ALTHOUGH HE IS NOT NEW HE SAYS THAT DOESN’T MEAN A NEW FRESH SET OF EYES IS NOT RUNNING THINGS. AFTER THIS SURPRISING ANNOUNCEMENT… >>EFFECTIVE JANUARY 31, 2019 I WILL RESIGN. >>AFTER MONTHS OF LOOKING THE SCHOOL BOARD DID NOT GO FAR. >>MY HEART IS IN THIS DISTRICT. I THINK THAT IS THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE IT. >>FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS HE SERVED AS THE DISTRICT DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT. TODAY HE MET WITH EYEWITNESS NEWS. HE TAKES OVER A POSITION THAT WAS SHROUDED IN CONTROVERSY. SINCE ALLEGATIONS CAME TO LIGHT THE DISTRICT FOCUS ON BULLYING I ADDING NEW EMPLOYEES AND CREATING A BULLYING REPORTING APP. >>RIGHT NOW WE ARE GOING TO STAY THE COURSE AND WE ARE GOING TO SEE HOW EFFECTIVE THESE MEASURES ARE. WE ARE COLLECTING DATA AND WE WILL PUT OUT A SURVEY IN THE SPRING. >>HE WANTS TO HAVE MORE FACE- TO-FACE INTERACTIONS. >>WE WANT OUR PARENTS TO COME IN AND GET ENGAGED. >>SOME PARENTS LOOKING FORWARD TO A NEW LEADER. HE SAYS INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON A NATIONAL SEARCH FOR THE JOB THE SCHOOL BOARD DECIDED TO LOOK INTERNALLY AND HE WAS THE ONLY PERSON TO APPLY. >>WHAT YOU SAID FOR THOSE PARENTS HOPING FOR A FRESH SET OF EYES AND THE DISTRICT DECIDED TO HIRE FROM WITHIN? >>I THINK IT WOULD RELY ON THE DEFINITION EYES. I AM AN INTERNAL CANDIDATE, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN I WOULD LOOK AT THINGS WITHOUT A FRESH SET OF EYES OR A NEW WAY OF APPROACHING A PERCEIVED PROBLEM.>>BULLYING IS OF THE ONLY THING HE WANTS TO ADDRESS. COMING UP WE WILL TELL YOU WHY HE SAYS THEY NEED TO LOOK AT HIRING QUALITY TEACHER,