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Former Burleson ISD Super Named Acting Superintendent at MISD

Apr 16, 2015 04:42PM ● By Kevin

Photo courtesy of Mansfield ISD

In light of a recent announcement by Mansfield ISD superintendent Dr. Jim Vaszauskas, the district held a special meeting on Wednesday night, and appointed Dr. Mark Jackson, former superintendent at Burleson ISD as the acting superintendent. On April 7, Vaszauskas announced his cancer had returned and he would undergo treatments in the coming weeks.

Jackson stepped down as Burleson ISD's superintendent in 2010 after serving the district for eight years. He also served Kerrville ISD as superintendent for five years prior to that.

Below is a special message from the district, sent out after the meeting Wednesday night.

At the Called Board Meeting on April 15, the Mansfield ISD School Board named Dr. Mark Jackson to serve as acting superintendent while Superintendent Dr. Jim Vaszauskas is on medical leave.

Dr. Jackson has approximately 30 years of extensive experience in educational leadership roles.  

He was the superintendent for Burleson ISD for eight years. Prior to that, he was the five-year superintendent for Kerrville ISD. Dr. Jackson also spent 10 years in principal and assistant principal roles for Grand Prairie ISD before working at that district's central office in various executive roles.   

Dr. Jackson earned his Ph.D. in Administrative Leadership and his Master of Education from the University of North Texas. He also holds Superintendent and Mid-Management certifications.

"We are fully confident in Dr. Mark Jackson's capabilities to continue to guide our district while Dr. Vaszauskas is taking care of his health," said Dr. Michael Evans, school board president. "We already have a very strong team of leaders on the administrative and campus levels, and Dr. Jackson will continue to support their efforts in Dr. Vaszauskas' absence. We valued the input and insight from Dr. Vaszauskas in this decision so that the transition is comfortable for everyone."

Last week, Dr. Vaszauskas sent a letter to the MISD community explaining that his thymoma cancer has returned. He will be out for a few months to receive treatment for it. The prognosis is very positive, and Dr. Vaszauskas is expecting to return back to work no later than August. 

Dr. Jackson will assume the role on Monday, April 20.

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