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Brian Schuss moves on to Katy ISD

Schuss leaves behind legacy as the school begins search for new superintendent

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Superintendent Brian Schuss

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Superintendent Brian Schuss

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Superintendent Brian Schuss is heading to Katy ISD this month, where he will then become their assistant superintendent of human resources. Schuss has been part of Flour Bluff ISD for over 10 years.

Before he was appointed superintendent in 2016, he was assistant superintendent for business services. Schuss said that there was a few things that led up to him taking the job in Katy.

“Most of the positions that I’ve had in my career have happened serendipitously,” Schuss said. “I was introduced to the deputy superintendent earlier in 2018, I expressed interest in the job, and things just went from there.”

Schuss said one of the main reasons that he took the job in Katy was because he’d be closer to family.

“Katy is (closer to family) because it is four hours closer to Fort Worth than Corpus Christi,” he said.

Schuss said that he has experienced quite a few notable moments throughout his tenure at Flour Bluff, with his most notable coming when his first son started kindergarten. Another moment that he said he will never forget is how the school district handled Hurricane Harvey.

“It wasn’t a pleasant moment, but we did a great job keeping it together,” Schuss said.

Schuss also was very proud when the district received an A rating from the Texas Education Agency. The rating included a 95 for graduation rate and a 92 for college, career and military readiness.

“Professionally, it has been so rewarding,” Schuss said. “I love the people and the staff . . . I’ll miss the pride in the school district. Everything is in one place.”

Assistant Principal Patty Tijerina described what Schuss has been like as a superintendent.

“(Working with Schuss) has been comfortable, rewarding, and a privilege,” she said.

Former superintendent Joe Kelley will step in as the interim superintendent for the remainder of the school year. Kelley was superintendent here from 2013-2016 and he was also once principal of Flour Bluff High School.

Tijerina believes that  Kelley will do a good job filling in while the board of trustees searches for a new superintendent. She said she hopes Kelley’s replacement possesses strong skills and is knowledgeable as well as kind and respectful to all students and faculty.

“It’s going to be a smooth transition,” she said.  “He is a former Hornet, so he knows our schools and he our community, so I’m very optimistic about it.”

 

 

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