During a special meeting of the Alvin ISD Board on Monday, November 3, Trustees named Dr. James “Buck” Gilcrease, as the Lone Finalist for the vacated superintendent position. Following an exhaustive statewide search, Trustees remain confident that Gilcrease, the former Region 12 Superintendent of the Year, possesses the skills, qualities and vision needed to lead the growing district, which currently serves 20,885 students.
“The Alvin ISD search attracted a considerable amount of talented individuals from across the state and we are confident that Gilcrease holds the qualities and experiences that will continue the district’s history of success,” expressed Cheryl Harris, Alvin ISD Board President.
When asked what attracted him to the suburban school district south of Houston, Gilcrease shared, “The reputation of Alvin ISD has been spreading across the State of Texas, and I’ve been aware of the great things occurring in the District for quite some time. When the chance to join the Alvin ISD team came available, I jumped at the opportunity.”
Gilcrease has served as the superintendent of schools in two districts, Haskell Consolidated Independent School District, and most recently Hillsboro Independent School District. Under his leadership, the respective districts achieved considerable success exhibited by the improvements in academic and state ratings, numerous fiscal accolades, the expansion of instructional programs, and quality facilities. In Hillsboro ISD, Gilcrease approached district improvement as a collaborative effort that required open dialogue between school leaders, parents, and community members. By fostering partnerships with key stakeholders, the District developed belief statements, which guided district decisions and operations.
Prior to serving as superintendent, Gilcrease was a principal at multiple high schools, as well as an associate and assistant principal, teacher and coach. Gilcrease holds a doctorate of education from Texas A&M University-Commerce, a masters in education from Tarleton State, as well as a bachelor of arts from the University of North Texas.
Gilcrease has been active in many leadership organizations including most recently serving as the legislative chair for the Texas Association of School Administrators. He is also active in organizations such as the Texas Association of Suburban/Midurban Schools, the National Superintendent Leadership Network, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and more. As a community member, Gilcrease is a member of First Baptist Church of Hillsboro and has served as deacon in multiple churches. Gilcrease is a member of multiple community organizations including Lions International, Rotary International, and the Boys and Girls Club.
The Board of Trustees collectively felt that Gilcrease’s philosophy of education directly aligns to the needs of Alvin ISD. Board President Cheryl Harris expressed, “Dr. Gilcrease has a considerable depth of knowledge in many areas of public education. Not only does he understand the complexities of quality instruction, he has considerable experience with facilities and financial management, which will be critical for our fast growth district.” Harris added, “Gilcrease has a track record of being a great community leader, has a refreshing drive and passion for public education, and has an excellent work ethic.” Harris noted that the Trustees collectively felt that the experiences and skills of Gilcrease directly align to the qualities and characteristics requested during a series of community focus groups held earlier in the superintendent search process.
Gilcrease, along with his wife, Dani, and high school aged son, Ross, are looking forward to moving to Alvin ISD as soon as possible. Gilcrease shared, “Alvin ISD is a school district that takes pride in providing opportunities for its students. My wife and I are extremely excited about having our son exposed to these opportunities.” After being named lone finalist, Texas law requires a 21-day waiting period before Gilcrease is able to officially sign a contract of employment with Alvin ISD.