Katy ISD Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt
Dr. Lance Hindt was named as
Superintendent of Schools for Katy ISD in June 2016. He officially joined the school district on
August 1, 2016.
While serving as superintendent, Dr. Hindt has led the District through
the implementation of a number of high level initiatives benefiting both Katy
ISD students and the community. Under
his leadership, Katy ISD remains a destination school district in the state of
Texas, and continues to receive recognition for excellence in education.
In the spring of 2017, Dr. Hindt directed the development of the
District’s first-ever strategic plan,
referred to as the “Strategic Design.”
This community-driven five-year plan clearly communicates the District’s
goals, ensuring all stakeholders and staff are working together toward the
Board-approved mission and vision.
As a high-energy leader, Dr.
Hindt encourages innovation and personalized learning experiences. He led the District to adopt the Texas
Education Agency District of Innovation designation in January 2017. This
designation allows the District greater flexibility with the instructional
calendar, as well as the ability to recruit highly-qualified professionals to teach
in career and technical education programs without having to spend the time and
resources to seek traditional teacher certification.
Under his leadership, Katy ISD has
maintained its standing as a frontrunner in public education and has received
the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) highest rating, “Met Standard,” for all
campuses. In addition, the most recent TEA reports (2016-17) show eight Katy
ISD campuses as having met 100 percent of their eligible Distinction
Designations, highlighting outstanding achievement at the highest levels in
comparison to campuses with similar demographics.
Likewise, Katy ISD has been
named to the College Board AP Honor Roll for four of the past five years, and
has been recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants for 14 years
as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education.” The District was also ranked as the #1
District in the Greater Houston area for 2017 by Niche.
Dr. Hindt has continuously
emphasized the importance of workplace culture and organizational health throughout
his tenure. Knowing that staff
engagement has an immediate impact on student learning, cultivating employee
relations and performance has been a priority of his administration. In 2017, Katy ISD was selected as a “Top Workplace”
in the Greater Houston area by the Houston Chronicle.
Katy ISD’s success has greatly
impacted growth in the region. As such,
the District finds itself in the position of having to pass bonds every three
to four years to address aging facilities and to build new schools to
accommodate growth. In the spring of
2017, Dr. Hindt successfully steered a bond committee process involving over
100 community members, and encouraged a culture of voting during the fall
election that resulted in the successful passage of a $609.2MM bond referendum.
Before joining Katy
ISD, Dr. Hindt served as Superintendent of Schools for Allen ISD for two years
and for the Stafford Municipal School District for three years.
He began his career at Fort Bend ISD as a geography, health and
physical education teacher at Dulles High School. He later became assistant
principal at the school and was promoted to director of the Fort Bend ISD
Technical Education Center. He then served as principal of Dulles High School
until his appointment as assistant superintendent in 2007.
Dr. Hindt completed his post-doctorate work in educational
leadership at Lamar University in Beaumont and earned his doctorate from the
University of Houston, his master's degree from Prairie View A&M University
and his undergraduate degree from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Dr. Hindt is also a proud graduate of James E. Taylor High School in Katy ISD.