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Spring Branch ISD board extends superintendent’s contract

Praising her effective leadership of the school district during the global pandemic, the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees voted Monday night to extend Superintendent Jennifer Blaine’s contract an additional year, through 2024.

“The Spring Branch Board of Trustees is grateful for Dr. Blaine’s service to children, her dedication and commitment to ensuring every child reaches our goal of T-2-4, which is our vision that every SBISD graduate will attain a technical certificate, military training, or a two-year or four-year degree,” Board President Chris Gonzalez said. “We appreciate her leadership and how she keeps children at the center of every decision she makes.”

Dr. Blaine has been superintendent of Spring Branch ISD since July 2019. She has been an educator for 31 years in roles ranging from principal to associate superintendent over three different administrative divisions to superintendent.

“I very much appreciate the support of our great Board of Trustees,” Dr. Blaine said. “SBISD is blessed with really strong leadership from the board and wonderful teachers, administrators and support staff. It is an honor to serve as superintendent.”

Spring Branch ISD has nearly 34,000 students in 47 schools in Houston.

In her recent performance evaluation, Dr. Blaine was praised by board members for her “focus on the basics” that helped prevent significant learning loss during the pandemic.

SBISD began the 2020-21 school year with more than 40 percent of students attending classes online. By the last nine weeks of the school year, the percentage of students attending in person had jumped to 81 percent. Teaching and learning continued throughout the pandemic and no Spring Branch ISD school ever had to be closed.

“The fact that the (academic) result was so close to a pre-pandemic result is a testament to how hard the district worked to keep kids engaged and learning during a global pandemic,” a board member said in the performance evaluation.

A board member said the district’s successful rapid distribution of devices to students during the transition to online learning was “impressive to have accomplished … so quickly and on budget.”

The board also praised the district’s ongoing construction and renovation effort as part of the $898 million 2017 Bond. “The bond work is incredibly successful and hopefully can strengthen our community,” a board member noted.

Serving as SBISD associate superintendent in several roles, Dr. Blaine helped shape and enact some of the district’s strategic initiatives.

As Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction from 2005-2013, she helped implement the district’s original Five-Year Educational Plan. Under her leadership, SBISD narrowed achievement gaps among student subgroups in science, math, language arts and social studies.

As SBISD’s Associate Superintendent for Administration and Operations for three years, she provided oversight of administration, facilities, transportation, and athletics. As Associate Superintendent for Talent and Operations, Dr. Blaine worked with her staff and community members to develop the June 2017 Bond Advisory Committee recommendation to trustees. She then worked closely with the Board and then-Superintendent Scott Muri to present to the community an $898.4 million bond package, which voters approved with 80 percent of the vote.

A 1990 University of Iowa graduate, Dr. Blaine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education with a specialization in reading. She has since earned a master’s degree and a doctorate, respectively, in educational administration and educational leadership, both from Sam Houston State University.