"O’Brien gets contract extension" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Van Vleck ISD held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new high school, middle school and ag shop renovations, Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 15. The board of trustees joined Superintendent John O'Brien as the first to dig in to the symbolic mound of dirt. School board members taking part with O’Brien (center) were, from left: Terry Evans, Bobbie Oncken, Kevin Ward, Terry Blackmon, Kurtis Brown and Donnie O’Connell.

   Van Vleck ISD trustees unanimously approved Superintendent John O’Brien’s contract extension during their regular meeting Monday night. 
   O’Brien’s new contract officially starts in July.
   “I’m super excited that the board felt confident in me and what we’re doing at the district,” said VVISD Superintendent John O’Brien.
   “We’re breaking ground on three new campuses and that’s big deal. Not to mention renovations to several existing buildings. I am honored to be a part of the district’s growth and plans for the future.”
   Trustees also approved going forward with a “District of Innovation” plan and assigned a mix of 17 parents, educators, and staff to an organizing committee.
   “Almost every district in the state has signed up for and created their own plan,” said O’Brien.
   “The committee is in charge of drawing up the plan that provides for a comprehensive educational program for the district.”

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