Hindt Rally Organizer ‘Very Heartbroken’ about Resignation

Katy Independent School Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt, center, addresses a group of supporters at a support rally held before an April 15, 2018 school board work-study meeting. Rally organizer Debbie Ellis stands to Hindt’s right. – George Slaughter photo

CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News)—Last month, about 100 supporters of Katy Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt held a rally in his honor before a regularly scheduled board of trustees work-study meeting.

The rally’s organizer, Debbie Ellis, said Friday morning that she was “very heartbroken” about Hindt’s decision to resign his position Jan. 1, 2019.

“The district is losing a very valuable person, a person of very high caliber,” Ellis said, describing Hindt as very visionary and having high moral values and integrity.

Ellis is a first-grade teacher at Bryant Elementary and knows the Hindt family.

Trustees have stood behind Hindt throughout the series of events and disclosures that led to Thursday’s meeting. At Thursday’s meeting, trustees cited his leadership on issues such as passage of the 2017 school bond and in the district’s response to Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

“We are definitely going to be at a loss for not having him in a leadership position,” Ellis said. “But when God closes one door, he opens another. I firmly believe good will come from this. Triumph and truth will prevail, but I’m sad things transpired as they did.”

Hindt, a Taylor High School graduate, joined the district as superintendent in August 2016. He had previously served as superintendent in the Allen Independent School District, near Dallas, and the Stafford Municipal School District.

“My immediate family has to come first,” Hindt said. “My wife and my children, they need me. In light of an organized, relentless and dishonest smear campaign against me, I cannot remain as superintendent.”

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