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San Benito CISD names lone finalist for superintendent

The San Benito CISD Board of Trustees named Dr. Nate Carman as the lone finalist for the district’s superintendent position. During a regular board meeting held on Tuesday, Aug. 8, trustees in attendance voted unanimously to name Carman the lone finalist.


San Benito CISD Board President Michael A. Vargas stated, “We are excited to welcome Dr. Nate Carman to the San Benito CISD family and community. The most important responsibility a school board member is tasked with is the selection of its superintendent, so I’m glad our most recent selection process was executed thoroughly and with integrity.”


Dr_Nate_CarmanVargas spoke about what the future holds for San Benito and how Dr. Carman’s background will enhance the existing plans that are already in place.


“San Benito CISD is in the middle of unprecedented growth, progress and opportunity as we enter year two of the Five-Year Strategic Plan and Re-Imagine 2021 Campaign, and we look forward to Dr. Carman’s background in Curriculum and Instruction and to his contributions to education and our future successes in San Benito. He will indeed help us to continue in honoring our gold standard mandate in all areas of public education.”


Carman has been serving as the superintendent at Teague ISD since 2013. During Dr. Carman’s tenure, TISD increased student achievement as evidenced by the improvement on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), most recently achieving at or above the state level on 17 or 22 (77%) of state assessments.


Under Carman’s leadership, TISD has consistently increased the number of students taking advanced placement courses over the past four years through both dual credit and advanced placement courses in an effort to prepare more students to be college and career ready upon graduation.


The state requires a 21-day waiting period after which trustees are expected to offer Carman a contract for employment.


“I am proud to be given the opportunity to lead San Benito CISD, a school district committed to providing a premier education for all students, through a positive and safe learning environment, so that its graduates are college, career and workforce ready. I am dedicated to putting students first and I look forward to the challenge to ensure San Benito CISD becomes the gold standard in all areas of public education,” said Carman in a statement issued after being named finalist.


According to Carman’s statement, Carman has been recognized throughout his career for improving student achievement. He has implemented measures that have led to increased passing rates and higher achievement scores.


Carman previously served as the assistant superintendent of Pine Tree ISD in Longview, Texas. His professional experience includes both curriculum and administration roles in Grand Prairie ISD, Wilmer-Hutchins ISD, and Lewisville ISD. He also has teaching and coaching experience at the junior high and high school levels.