The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees selected Dr. Marc Smith from Duncanville ISD as the lone  finalist for superintendent.     Dr. Smith started his career in education as a classroom teacher and coach before advancing into campus and district leadership. He has served in public schools for over 30 years, nearly 12 of those years serving as superintendent in Duncanville ISD and Marshall ISD.     He has received numerous recognitions and accolades for his exceptional leadership in this role. Most notably, in 2020, he was selected as the Region 10 Superintendent of the Year followed by the Board of Trustees being recognized as a Top 5 State Honor Board in 2021.


“We are excited to announce that Dr. Marc Smith has been named as Fort Bend ISD’s lone  finalist for superintendent of schools,” Fort Bend ISD Board President Judy Dae said. “Dr. Smith is a familiar face in our district and community having served in Fort Bend ISD for six years as an Executive Principal and Assistant Superintendent before accelerating to a successful career in the superintendency.


He is known around the state as a strategic leader with a heart for people, and the FBISD Board of Trustees believes his reputation of building unity with a relentless focus on student success makes him the ideal leader for our district.”    Among Dr. Smith’s accomplishments, the measure of success he cares most about is student achievement. Dr. Smith is a humble, steadfast leader focused on putting students first. He believes a student’s circumstances today do not de ne their tomorrow which is why he will work tirelessly in partnership with the district’s sta , families, and community to give hope to every child in Fort Bend ISD.


Smith is excited to return to FBISD saying, “ e opportunity to return to Fort Bend ISD feels like a homecoming. I am honored to rejoin the district and community as your superintendent and look forward to reconnecting with the people and traditions that have always inspired me.”     Dr. Smith holds a doctorate from the University of Houston in Administration and Supervision and a master’s from Prairie View A&M University in Administration and Supervision. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Texas Southern University in Human Performance.


Texas law requires school districts to implement a 21-day waiting period before an o cial contract is o ered. Dr. Smith is scheduled to sign his contract on January 8, 2024.

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October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

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