HEB ISD Board Names Chapman as Lone Finalist for Superintendent
The Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD Board of Trustees named Deputy Superintendent of Educational Operations Steve Chapman as the lone finalist to become the new Superintendent of Schools at their January 15 board meeting.
This announcement is another step in the process to fill the vacancy that began in December, following Dr. Gene Buinger's announcement that he would retire. The Board approved a superintendent candidate profile at the December 11 meeting. They accepted internal applications through January 8. The Board then reviewed and interviewed qualified candidates and selected Chapman as their choice to fill Buinger's position.
The Board will wait the required 21 days before they are scheduled to approve Chapman's appointment at their February 12 called meeting. Chapman would take on his new position immediately and Buinger would remain as a consultant to assist with the transition through June 30.
Chapman has been in education since 1984. He began his career teaching in San Angelo ISD and moved to HEB ISD in 1986, teaching one year at Hurst Junior High School and two years at Trinity High School. He was an assistant principal at Trinity High School for three years before accepting the principal position at Permian High School in Odessa in 1992. He returned to HEB ISD in 1996, where he has remained ever since, first as Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Administration and then in his current position of Deputy Superintendent, a position he has held since 2001.
Chapman has a superintendent certification from the University of Texas at Arlington, master's degree in educational administration from Texas Woman's University, and a bachelor's degree from Angelo State University.
Chapman is committed to the District's efforts to prepare students to live and work as citizens of the world. International Baccalaureate, the International Business Initiative, and the establishment of sister schools in India and China have all occurred with Chapman's involvement and support. He has traveled to China and India, where he witnessed the need for students in the United States to successfully compete with students from these countries for college admission and career advancement.
He helped initiate the systems approach to continuous improvement in 2004 that has helped increase student academic performance and that has kept HEB ISD fiscally strong. Board President Dr. Faye Beaulieu said this was a factor in the Board's selection process.
"The Board of Trustees is excited about the opportunity to have someone assume the superintendency who has been involved from the beginning with the work in continuous improvement begun during Dr. Buinger's tenure with us," she said. "We feel that being able to select Mr. Chapman, with his understanding of both our journey to this point and our vision for the future, will keep HEB ISD moving forward without missing a step."
Chapman has been both a state and national presenter at educational conferences and he is a member of state and national associations, including District Management Council and American Association of School Administrators. He serves on numerous local, state and national boards and committees, including 6 Stones Mission Network and the Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, of which he is a past president and an instructor for their Curriculum Leadership Academy. He is also a graduate of Leadership HEB.
He is married to Tanga, who teaches at South Euless Elementary School, and they have two children, Kyle, who is a ninth grade student at Harwood Junior High School, and Cade, who is a 2011 graduate of Trinity High School.