Darren Webb, superintendent of Lago Vista ISD, has been named the 2023 Regional Superintendent of the Year by Education Service Center Region 13.
Webb garners the respect and admiration of Lago Vista ISD through his exemplary leadership skills and visionary approach. He’s faced numerous challenges head-on, reinforcing the bonds between schools and community while demonstrating an unwavering commitment to students, families and staff.
Webb’s servant leadership approach is instrumental in fostering a positive school climate. He consistently goes above and beyond to meet the needs of the schools and the community, no matter the task at hand. He ensures that all bus routes are covered during a shortage of drivers, personally serving as a bus monitor and driver. He actively participates in community engagements, assisting at the concession stand, announcing at sporting events and lending a hand during cleanup.
Under Webb’s leadership, Lago Vista ISD has achieved significant academic milestones. Student performance consistently improves, as evidenced on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). The district expanded advanced academic coursework, including Advanced Placement (AP) and OnRamps classes that offer students a broad range of opportunities to excel. Additionally, Webb’s fiscal policy enables the district to provide substantial pay increases for teachers and staff members, attracting and retaining top talent.
A hallmark of Webb’s tenure is his exceptional ability to build strong partnerships within the community. By collaborating with local organizations and government entities, he’s created a supportive and invested “village” that works together to meet the needs of students. He launched educational support programs during school closures and provided crisis and mental health support, making a profound impact on the lives of Lago Vista ISD students and their families.
“We firmly believe that Darren Webb’s tireless efforts, exceptional leadership, and unwavering commitment to educational excellence make him the well-deserved recipient of the Regional Superintendent of the Year award. We consider it a privilege to have Webb as a leader in our region and commend his outstanding contributions to the educational community.”Dr. Rich Elsasser, Executive Director of ESC Region 13.
Sponsored by TASB, the Superintendent of the Year program has recognized exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership since 1984. Candidates are chosen for their strong leadership skills, dedication to improving educational quality, ability to build effective employee relations, student performance, and commitment to public involvement in education.
Superintendents from any of the state’s local school districts are eligible for nomination by their school boards. Local nominees are submitted to a regional selection committee, which chooses one nominee to send to the state selection committee.
TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.3 million students.