District plans reception for outgoing supt.

District plans reception for outgoing superintendent
Posted on 02/21/2020
District plans reception for outgoing superintendent

After coming out of retirement to take control of Nacogdoches ISD as interim superintendent, Alton Frailey will be stepping down at the end of the March.

Frailey came back to his hometown district in March 2018 as interim school chief but will end up staying on board two years. During that time, Frailey helped stabilize the school district while identifying and spotlighting its best qualities. Frailey also led the charge for a $77.95 million bond proposal that voters overwhelmingly supported in November 2018 by a more than two-to-one margin.

NISD is holding a reception at Nacogdoches County Civic Center, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 5, to honor Frailey, and the community is invited to come and say goodbye.

“I can’t begin to emphasize how important Alton Frailey has been to Nacogdoches ISD the last two years,” said G.W. Neal, president of NISD’s Board of Trustees. “He’s done so much. Alton has motivated the staff, informed the public and established the groundwork for a future of success. He’s been NISD’s biggest cheerleader since arriving two years ago.”

Frailey had retired in 2016 following a 33-year career in public education, the last nine years as superintendent of Katy ISD near Houston. At Katy, Frailey was responsible for operations of 60 campuses, more than 73,000 students and a $700 million budget.

In 2015, Frailey was named to the Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents and he will chair that group in the upcoming year. It was at SFA that Frailey earned both his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in educational administration.

Frailey is a past president of both the American Association of School Administrators and the Texas Association of School Administrators. In Katy, Frailey served on a number of boards, including the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, Katy Area Economic Development Council, Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, West Houston Association and The Bible Seminary.

Frailey was named in 2016 a Living Legend by the Houston Association of Black School Educators, and a Super Trailblazer, and Top 50 Black Professionals and Entrepreneurs. In 2012, he was named a Distinguished Administrator by the Texas Music Educators Association and in 2010 he was named the Region 4 Education Service Center Superintendent of the Year.

Frailey is a 1979 graduate of Central Heights High School before going on to SFA. He began his teaching career in Goose Creek CISD and later became an assistant principal there. For 13 years, Frailey worked at Spring Branch ISD in administration before moving to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2002 where he was named superintendent. He returned to Texas to be superintendent at DeSoto ISD near Dallas before being named superintendent in Katy in 2007.

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