Phx Union Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scribner Sole Finalist for the Position of Superintendent at Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD).

Posted by Community Relations on 8/24/2015

Phoenix Union Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scribner became the sole finalist for the position of superintendent of the 86,000-student Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD). Fort Worth’s Board of Trustees held a special meeting, August 11 and voted unanimously on his selection. Per Texas state law, there is a 21-day waiting period before the contract is finalized.

“After much soul-searching and with a focus on my family, I am honored to move forward in this process. While I’m excited for a new opportunity in a similar school district, I am confident that Phoenix Union will continue its upward trajectory in its quest to be one of the premier urban school districts in the country,” Scribner said.
Kent P. Scribner, in his eighth year leading the Phoenix Union High School District (PUHSD), would start his new position sometime in the fall.

Scribner, who has led Phoenix Union since 2008, has been the longest running superintendent for the district since the early 70’s. Under his leadership, there has been a culture shift to one of higher expectations, academic rigor, improved student achievement and college readiness.

Scribner, in partnership with the PUHSD Governing Board, implemented the mission of “Preparing Every Student for Success in College, Career and Life,” and the District has responded. During his tenure, enrollment has risen to over 27,000 students, the highest enrollment in 37 years, placing the district in a fiscally strong and stable position.

Phoenix Union has seen high levels of student achievement, with eight of 14 schools with a label of A or B; an increase in the four-year graduation rates; more students taking and passing rigorous exams such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge; and all juniors annually taking the ACT college exam at no cost.

Another indicator of the culture change at PUHSD is in college scholarships offered. Six years ago, $13 million in scholarships were offered to seniors. The last two years, over $50 million each year has been offered and prestigious scholarships have increased as well.