Longtime Llano ISD superintendent stepping down

FROM STAFF REPORTS

LLANO — When Llano Independent School District Superintendent Dennis Hill first joined the district in 1977 as a coach and teacher at the junior high, nobody had ever heard of the Internet or high-stakes testing.

Things have dramatically changed the past 36 years, but Hill was a constant at the district (except for a brief time at Lampasas), moving up through the ranks until the school board named him superintendent in 2003 as an interim before becoming the permanent one in 2004.

But now, even that’s changing. Hill submitted his resignation to the LISD board March 21.

“I have been extremely fortunate to have been employed by Llano ISD for 31 years. During this time, I have made many friends, married a wonderful lady, raised four strong sons and had the privilege of working with some of the finest educators and staff members anywhere,” he wrote in a letter to the school board. “I would like to thank the members of the Board of Trustees, who have supported me in the quest to build a more effective organization. Without your support, none of the improvements to our programs and facilities would have been possible.”

Hill will continue as the superintendent until June 30. His current contract goes through June 30, 2015.

After stepping down from his superintendent role, Hill will remain with the district as the special projects consultant from Aug. 1, 2013, through July 31, 2014.

“Mr. Hill will be used as a consultant on legal matters for the next year due to his background and expertise on the issues,” LISD Board President Ronnie Rudd said.

Hill has been in the education field for 36 years with 31 at LISD. During that time, he served as a junior high teacher/coach, high school teacher/coach, high school principal and superintendent.

“Dennis Hill has been a loyal and trusted employee of Llano ISD for a long time,” Rudd said in a news release. “Over the last decade, he was responsible for putting into place a financial plan that saved the district from bankruptcy. During his term as superintendent, Llano ISD rose to one of the top-rated schools in Class 3A, with many of our students receiving state and national honors.”

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