Budget Flexibility

When it comes to managing a budget, consider the lesson taught to me by three exceptional school leaders, Richard Hooker, Bob Brezina, and Shirley Neeley. Always have some wiggle room.  In your budget, you need to disguise an emergency fund.  At some time during the year, something is going to happen where the only way…

More Staff or More Training

The question that every principal wrestles with come budget time, do I invest in staff or training?  What your Assistant Superintendent, Business Manager, HR Director and Title I Office want you to do is fill up on staff.  It’s the easy solution.  The budget is allocated, class size is reduced, and operational stuff and things…

More Walk and Talk – Real Leadership Discussions

Early in my leadership career, my Superintendent, Bob Brezina, taught me the value of the “Walk & Talk.”  The “Walk & Talk” may be the most powerful induction / teaching / coaching tool in the arsenal of a leader.  It works like this.  1. On a regular basis, the leader goes to the site of…

A Superintendent Writes… Reasonable Accountability – Part 2

In response to the January 14, 2016 post, “Reasonable Accountability – A Primer for the Texas Legislator,” an Old School LYS Superintendent writes: SC, Your plan is better than what we have now and obviously written with a heaping dose of common sense.  But… here is your big flaw.  You are still basing your plan…

Simply Legendary

There are those select few that have a building named in their honor. And then there are those who get a statue… To LYS Superintendent Emeritus, Bob Brezina, and the “Brezina Boys,” CONGRATULATIONS! Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn… Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for…

A Reader Writes… Quick Accountability Testing – Part 1

In response to the 2/11/2015 post, “Quick AccountabilityTesting,” a LYS Principal writes: I love this plan! How soon can we implement it? SC Response Obviously, not now.  But if we, as educators, ever want to have this or a similar system implemented we must do two things. 1. We must co-opt the accountability discussion instead…

Texas Superintendent Search

LYS Executive Search ~ Superintendent ~ Culberson County-Allamore Independent School District A West Texas school district is searching for its next Superintendent of Schools The successful candidate will have Demonstrated leadership success as a principal and/or district level administrator  Demonstrated success educating diverse student populations Firm understanding of school finance LYS training and experience, preferred…

Superintendent Search in West Texas

LYS Executive Search ~ Superintendent ~ Culberson County-Allamore Independent School District A West Texas school district is searching for its next Superintendent of Schools The successful candidate will have Demonstrated leadership success as a principal and/or district level administrator  Demonstrated success educating diverse student populations Firm understanding of school finance LYS training and experience, preferred…

Superintendent Search – West Texas

LYS Executive Search ~ Superintendent ~ Culberson County-Allamore Independent School District A West Texas school district is searching for its next Superintendent of Schools The successful candidate will have Demonstrated leadership success as a principal and/or district level administrator  Demonstrated success educating diverse student populations Firm understanding of school finance LYS training and experience, preferred…

The New PowerWalks is Here! The New PowerWalks is Here!

Dear PowerWalks User, We are excited to unveil the updated version of the PowerWalks Instructional Observation System.  As you are well aware, PowerWalks was designed to provide Teachers with “Game Film” to inform their honing of daily practice and to provide Instructional Leaders with a tool to better coach and support their staff, from the…

A Reader Writes… (Brezina Writes)

In response to the post, “Brezina Writes,” a reader sends this: “Thank you, Mr. Brezina. I was honored to cut my administrative teeth under your philosophical approach. It has and will forever set me apart from my colleagues. I am forever indebted to you, Brown and Cain for that. Semper Fidelis!” SC ResponseI have been…

A Reader Writes… (DAEP – Part 3)

In response to the post, “And Your Point Is,” a reader writes: “Outstanding Statement! The Brown/Brezina/Cain systems do one thing unique from the rest of the weak and feeble intervention programs that schools try to implement: They work. Their systems produce accelerated growth and results campus wide in every area that data can reach. The…

Great Advice – More Brezina Wisdom

I mentioned this as an aside in an earlier post, so today I will officially post it as great advice. Early in my administrative career, I was concerned about the first year turn-over rate that I had on my campus. When I mentioned this during a regular status report to the superintendent, Bob Brezina, he…

Chef Wayne, or How Do You Interview?

First, a disclaimer. In general, living on the road is a combination of the mundane, punctuated by random irritation. After the first two weeks, all illusions of glamour have disappeared. However, sometimes there are perks… Recently, I the was guest of Chef Wayne, the Executive Chef of the Chart House, in San Antonio, for a…

Great Advice – Brezina Wisdom

Robert Brezina, the superintendent desperate enough to hire a 28 year old principal (me), gave me this piece of advice during my first year as a principal. He said, “You have a responsibility to the student and the taxpayer. You must constantly push to be both effective and efficient.” Adhering to these two driving principles,…
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