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SAISD Hires Carol Ann Bonds as New Superintendent

December 13, 2006

The San Angelo ISD school board voted unanimously December 11 to hire Dr. Carol Ann Bonds as the new superintendent of San Angelo ISD. Bonds was named by the board as the lone finalist for the position on November 16, but, by law, could not be officially hired until after a 21 day waiting period. Bonds is set to begin her position when the district returns from Christmas break on January 2.

San Angelo ISD will be the third district for Bonds to serve as superintendent. Bonds comes to San Angelo from Livingston ISD in East Texas where she served as superintendent for the past three years. She also served as superintendent of Rogers ISD from 1995-2002. Her professional background as a public educator also includes 6 years of experience as a principal in Holland ISD as well as 11 years of classroom teaching experience.

Bonds, 59, is married with a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren. Her son and daughter-in-law and two grandchildren currently live in San Angelo where her daughter-in-law teaches at Glenn Middle School.

Bonds received a bachelor's degree in English and Elementary Education from Houston Baptist University and a master's degree in Reading from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. In 1994, Bonds received a Ph.D. in Public School Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin.

Photo courtesy of San Angelo Standard Times

Bonds was recognized as one of five finalists for the Texas Superintendent of the Year Award in 2001. She was also featured in the February 2001 edition of Reader's Digest after receiving the magazine's Health Hero Award. In 1995, while serving as a principal in Holland ISD, Bonds received the Principal of the Year from the Texas Elementary Principals Association. In 1994, Bonds won one of four categories of National Exemplary Doctoral Dissertation of the Year from the Association of Supervision and Curriculum in Alexandria, Virginia.

Under Bonds' leadership as superintendent, Rogers ISD and all campuses attained Exemplary Ratings by the Texas Education Association in 2002, and the district won a bond election to build a middle school.

Bonds is also a published writer. Bonds has authored and contributed to multiple textbooks for Houghton Mifflin and has served as a consultant for the textbook company.

During a board meeting in November to name Bonds as lone finalist for the Superintendent position, Bonds expressed her excitement about coming to San Angelo. She spoke of her admiration for the direction the district is moving and her eagerness to be a part of a community that cares so much about serving its children.