BPS Superintendent Binggeli Leaving Brevard For Texas
By Space Coast Daily // March 5, 2015
WILL remain in his post to finish the school year
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Brevard Public Schools Superintendent Brian Binggeli told employees in an email Thursday afternoon that he has been named “as the Lone Finalist for the superintendent position” in a Plano, Texas school district.
He said that there is a 21-day waiting period before the Plano Board of Trustees can officially approve his hiring.
Binggeli’s tenure in Brevard has been plagued by budget cuts, school closures and the implementation of the controversial Florida Standards.
He had recently, however, convened stakeholders to begin the process of restoring some budgetary items due to an improvement in the local economy.
He added in the email that he would be remaining in his post in Brevard “to finish the school year.”
Binggeli Announced As Superintendent Finalist For Plano Texas
The Plano Independent School District, Texas has announced that Binggeli, Superintendent of Brevard Public Schools since July 1, 2009 has been selected as the final candidate to lead their district as the new superintendent.
“A search firm asked me to consider participating in a confidential interview with the Plano ISD Board of Trustees for their superintendent vacancy because they felt that I might be a good fit based on a superintendent profile that had been developed,” said Binggeli.
“Two rounds of comprehensive interviews with the Board of Trustees and a lot of research into the values, beliefs and initiatives of the school district and the community made me believe that I could be successful in serving the students, teachers, staff and citizens of Plano ISD.
“Ultimately, after much deliberation, I accepted their offer to be named as Lone Finalist because I feel this position represents a significant personal and professional opportunity.”
Brevard School Board members will begin discussing the next steps in the search for Brevard’s next top leader at their regular school board meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
“As a Board, we will now turn our focus on finding the best possible person to lead our district. Over the next several days, we will begin to develop our plan on setting the criteria, developing procedures and establishing a timeline for this critically important search process,” said School Board Chair Amy Kneessy about the search process.
“This Board will not waiver or settle for anyone other than an individual who can successfully head our district and who will work with students, parents, teachers, staff and the Brevard community to support the kind of education we have come to expect and that students deserve.”
Kneessy also added comments on behalf of the School Board regarding Binggeli’s move.
“On behalf of the School Board of Brevard County, I want to wish Dr. Binggeli the very best as he prepares to begin this new chapter as superintendent in Plano, Texas,” said Kneessy.
“From leading our district through some of the most difficult financial times in recent Florida history, to initiating efforts to move achievement forward in ever changing times, Dr. Binggeli has met these challenges head on; always keeping his eye on Brevard’s students and their future. Our district and the community are better for it and it is no surprise that another region would want someone with his capability and experience to lead them. We wish him continued success.”
The selection process in Texas differs from that of Florida that will impact the transition process.
Binggeli said, “Texas law dictates that there be a 21-day period before the Plano Board can take any formal action. As such I am currently as the name suggests— a finalist for the Plano ISD Superintendent position. Accordingly, I am going forward with my normal responsibilities as this process plays out. No matter what, I would certainly plan to finish this school year here to support readiness for next year and potentially the transition to a new Superintendent. I have assured everyone in our organization that I will serve BPS with passion and energy for as long as I remain in this role.”
SERVING HAS BEEN ‘AN HONOR AND A PRIVLEGE’
Binggeli holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Tech. He earned his master’s degree from Virginia State and his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Binggeli began his career as a teacher in Elyria, Ohio in 1981 and served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal in Virginia. He has been a principal at both the middle and high school level.
He has served as an adjunct professor in Virginia Tech’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Doctoral program and in the University of Virginia’s administrative licensure program.
“Being the Superintendent of Brevard Public Schools has been an honor and a privilege,” said Binggeli.
“BPS serves this community with distinction because it is served by some of the most dedicated and mission-driven employees you will find in any school district. I have thanked them on many occasions for making our schools great places for children to grow and learn. I have been a customer and will be forever grateful for the quality education that my daughter received in BPS.”