By: Ariana Garcia / Statesman.com
The Austin Chamber of Commerce named Round Rock school district Superintendent Steve Flores as 2019 Central Texas Superintendent of the Year.
The chamber will honor Flores, who has led the district for the past six years, at its annual State of Education on Nov. 14.
In a Facebook post, Flores thanked district staff for their dedication to meeting the needs of children in the district and said they are the true recipients of the award.
“Being the proud son of a third grade educated mom and a sixth grade educated dad, leading the best district in Texas is a blessing I don’t take lightly,” he said in the post. “Our team of eight will continue focusing on all students.”
The Chamber highlighted Flores’ focus on student college and career readiness and overall district improvement as reasons for selecting him for the accolade.
Drew Scheberle, Austin Chamber senior vice president of education and talent, said in a news release that Flores collaborated with the Chamber and other education partners to create smart metrics for student success and has led by example in focusing on college and career readiness.
“Dr. Flores has made an enormous impact on creating a culture of high expectations in Round Rock ISD,” he said in the release. “He doesn’t shirk from a challenge or make excuses for low performance. From the beginning of his tenure, Dr. Flores has been a unifier.”