Dear Families and Staff,
I hope your first week of transitioning into virtual learning is going well. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us in so many ways in such a short period of time. As educators across the country try to navigate the many challenges this crisis presents, school administrators have to make incredibly difficult decisions that only a short month ago would never have thought it a decision they would have to make.
I am writing to you this morning with news as it relates to one of those difficult decisions and its effect on future MMSD leadership. The district Board of Education was recently informed that Dr. Matthew Gutiérrez, who was chosen early this year to be the district's next Superintendent, has decided that he could not leave his current district and community during a time they are addressing the very challenges we all face, and therefore has rescinded his acceptance of the position.
Ultimately, the COVID-19 crisis changed the situation in a way that nobody could have predicted, making the timing for Dr. Gutiérrez’s departure from his current role no longer an option for him personally. I understand his reasoning and support this admirable decision, as I have the same love for my district and MMSD family as it too is the only educational home I have ever known.
I know this information is upsetting for many, and as the Board of Education moves forward with looking at options to find the next Superintendent, I want you to know that I am here for you.
We will remain student focused and continue our work to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff, while providing a virtual learning alternative so that every student continues to have the opportunity to learn. Keeping students connected and engaged through a meaningful virtual learning experience is a top priority, and we are very appreciative of MMSD staff, students and community for coming together in support of the effort to move virtual learning forward.
On January 24, 2020, the Board of Education announced the selection of Dr. Matthew Gutiérrez as the next Superintendent of Madison Metropolitan School District.
Dr. Gutiérrez comes to MMSD with an excellent track record of being a collaborative leader with a devotion to academic success for all students.
Community input helped guide board’s decision
Although it is the Board who makes the final selection, their search was guided by an unprecedented level of community input. This input helped shape the leadership profile that served as the board’s guide. “The level of community involvement in this process is something to be very proud of,” said Board President Gloria Reyes. (Read more about how community members helped develop the leadership profile.)
A champion for every single student
During a public session in Madison (video below), Gutiérrez said he would be “a champion for every single student and a uniter who will bring the community together toward a common purpose – that being to serve students.”
Strong commitment to Strategic Framework, Black Excellence
Gutiérrez expressed a strong commitment to our Strategic Framework, including our key goal of African American children and youth excelling. “What that means,” he said during the public forum, “is that every educator in Madison is a champion for our black students.”
Dr. Gutiérrez is currently the Superintendent of the Seguin Independent School District in Seguin, Texas. He previously served as deputy superintendent with the Plano Independent School district with 54,000 students and before that as an interim superintendent and human resources director in the Little Elm Independent School District.
He began his career in education as a middle school English Language Arts teacher, and also served as an elementary school principal and middle school assistant principal. Dr. Gutiérrez earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Texas Tech University.
Dr. Gutiérrez will finish out the school year in his current role and will begin his tenure with MMSD on June 1, 2020. He plans to visit MMSD to formally meet staff, the school board and the community before the end of the school year.
To learn more about the selection process, please visit this page.