WFISD Welcomes New Superintendent

After weeks of budget talks, WFISD board members and staff finally have something to smile about.

Dr. John Frossard is officially under contract now, as the new district superintendent.

"I want to make sure we get off to a good start so that as we welcome students and teachers back, we have everything organized and ready," said Dr. Frossard.

Frossard is a long time educator, with 29 years worth of experience.

In his career, he's served as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, chief human resources officer, and a high school principal.

He joins the district when there's less money to go around, but student needs still have to be met.

"It's definitely going to be a challenge," said Frossard, "but I think the public deserves to know we're going to be good fiscal stewads."

Dr. Frossard brings with him a 90-day plan of action, but before he changes anything, he said he wants to hear from community members and help tailor that plan to the area.

"Im going to get out and talk to a lot of groups around the community,"explained Frossard, "I'll visit all the schools right away and get a good look at the facilities."

"It's that 'hitting-the-ground-running' attitude that was part of our decision on why we like Dr. Frossard," said Kevin Goldstein, WFISD School Board President.

Frossard was also willing to work with the district when it came to pay.

Just like Dr. Kazanas before him, Frossard will make $170,000 a year.

He'll also receive a car allowance of $575/month, health insurance, and money for temporary housing. which is good for him, since he's staying in a hotel until he and his wife can buy a home.

"It may not be ideal for me right now," said Frossard, "living out of a suitcase, but I think it's good for the district. So I'm fine with it."

Reporter's Notes by Ryan Robertson:

Even though Dr. Frossard said he plans to meet with community leaders first, he said he's also looking forward to meeting the parents and students of his new district.

Dr. Frossard is married and has a son who will be entering the second grade this fall.

He comes from Fort Bend ISD near Houston, where he served in a dual role as the assistant superintendent and chief human resources officer.

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