December 13, 2022PEASTER INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT JOINT STATEMENT OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND JEREMY LANCE JOHNSONMr. Jeremy Lance Johnson has announced his resignation as Superintendent of Schools for the Peaster ISD Independent School District. An Agreement has been reached which allows Mr. Johnson the ability to pursue other interests and permits the Board to pursue hiring another Superintendent. The Board and Mr. Johnson have entered into the Agreement believing it is in their respective best interests and in the best interest of the District.On behalf of the entire District, the Board of Trustees expresses its sincere appreciation to Mr. Johnson for his efforts while serving as Superintendent of this great school district and its wonderful students, parents and administrators, and for the many achievements and accomplishments of the entire District team during Mr. Johnson’s tenure as Superintendent. During a time of unprecedented student growth, and while having to navigate a worldwide pandemic, Mr. Johnson led the district with resolve, forward thinking, passion for students, and boldness that led to improvements in all areas of the school district, including academics, budget, facilities, community relations, and staff morale. During his tenure, the District and community pulled together and successfully passed two bond referendums totaling $30 million, allowing for the construction of new facilities, the purchase of new vehicles, and the ability to buy land for future growth. Thanks to strong fiscal management, teacher salaries grew significantly, classrooms had more resources, the school FIRST rating improved, and the district's fund balance grew by $3.6 million. Mr. Johnson was instrumental in starting new initiatives, such as the highly admired Peaster Education Foundation, the Peaster Market Day, the Hound (community) Food Pound, the Veterans Memorial Park, the elementary Safety Patrol, and the City Christmas Tree lighting. His tireless efforts to build partnerships with state and local leaders, in and around Peaster, led to unprecedented giving including a large donation to renovate the historic Rock Gym into a community center. One of Mr. Johnson’s first actions was to seek donations from local developers, in the amount of $36,000 to put entirely toward staff development programs geared toward academic achievement. Mr. Johnson’s focus on academics is evident by the investment the district made in professional growth for all staff, the increase in teacher salaries, the support to keep elementary class sizes small, the improvements in state testing, and the initiation of academic summer programs such as the Peaster Reads for Fun and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) Camp. Needless to say, Mr. Johnson got to work on day one, and never slowed down.Mr. Johnson thanks the present and past Board of Trustees for providing him with the opportunity to serve in the Peaster Independent School District. A school district is measured by the commitment of the Board, staff and community to its children and their achievement. This District is indeed so committed. Mr. Johnson would like to express his heartfelt appreciation to the staff and community for their support of the District’s programs and services during his term as Superintendent. He and his family have made many great friends during their time in Peaster and hope to keep those friendships for many years to come.Success requires hard work, dedication, leadership and vision. The Board and Mr. Johnson wish to acknowledge and recognize the teachers, principals, administrators, staff, students, parents and patrons who have all contributed to the District’s accomplishments.The Board extends its best wishes to Mr. Johnson in his future endeavors, and Mr. Johnson reciprocates the same to the board. On its part, the Board will soon begin its search for a new Superintendent so as not to disrupt the District’s operations. The Board intends to search for a Superintendent who will embrace and continue to foster the culture and values that define Peaster.
December 14, 2022
The Peaster ISD Board of Education met last night, December 13, 2002 in a Special Meeting. The Board accepted and voted to accept the Voluntary Severance Agreement with Superintendent Lance Johnson. The Acting Superintendent Keith Scharnhorst will remain at the helm of PISD as the Interim Superintendent until the Superintendent search can be put into motion and throughout its completion.
Mr. Johnson stated in an email to all staff that he has accepted reassignment as Superintendent Emeritus through June 30, 2023 and will provide any assistance Mr. Scharnhorst and PISD might require throughout this transition.
In his email, Mr. Johnson stated “together, we have made great progress for the children we serve. When I was hired, the board had four priorities. They included balancing the budget, increasing the fund balance, passing bonds to alleviate overcrowding of facilities, and improving the academic rating at the elementary school. Today, our budget is balanced, our fund balance has grown from $1 million to $4.6 million, we have passed back to back bonds that included building a new intermediate school, and the elementary has improved from a low "C" rating to a mid/high "B" rating (thank you to the outstanding staff at PES). Additionally, I am proud of how we have been able to increase salaries along the way, increase the Christmas bonus, and start many new initiatives that have improved our community and school district. I believe our district is in great shape, and with your support, the next superintendent will be able to build upon our success, placing the needs of students first.”
Mr. Scharnhorst stated that he would like to “thank Mr. Johnson and his family for their accomplishments at Peaster ISD and want to wish them the very best of luck in the future.”
Any questions should be directed to Mr. Keith Scharnhorst at email@example.com.