Dickinson ISD News
DISD Superintendent Vicki Mims Announces Retirement for August 2018
After 39 years in Dickinson ISD, Vicki Mims will be retiring in August as Superintendent. The retirement was reluctantly accepted by the Board of Trustees at the May 7 board meeting.

“Although this has been a difficult year for Dickinson ISD, our employees, and our families who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey, I believe that we are well on the road to recovery and that the district is moving forward. As a district, the adversity that we suffered this year only made us stronger and brought out the true Gator spirit of helping and supporting each other. We learned that we are truly “Gator Strong,” and I have never been prouder of the actions of our employees and of our students than I was in the aftermath of the flooding,” said Mims.

Mims has a long career in public education with 44 years of service. She joined Dickinson ISD in 1979 as an English teacher at Dickinson High School and over the past 39 years has also served as a counselor, teacher facilitator, an elementary principal, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services and now Superintendent of Schools for the past seven years.

The Dickinson ISD Board of Trustees will immediately begin the process of selecting the next superintendent by accepting applications through June 14, in hopes of having the next superintendent hired by the start of the 2018-2019 school year. 

“Vicki Mims has given so much to Dickinson ISD over the past 39 years. She is really going to be missed. Through her outstanding leadership as Superintendent, she has led our district as we budget for student enrollment growth and provide the facilities needed for our students and staff,” said Dickinson ISD Board Member Mike Mackey, who served as Board President for the past several years.

During Mims’ time as Superintendent, student and teacher academic performance has improved each year and there is a laser focus on preparing college and career ready graduates. 

Mims led the district through two bond referendums, both of which were overwhelmingly approved by voters. A $56 million bond referendum in May 2014 funded construction of the Lobit Education Village featuring Lobit Elementary for students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, while Lobit Middle School serves fifth and sixth grade students. In May 2016, voters approved $70 million to build Kranz Junior High, which is opening this August. In addition, the district is using remaining 2016 bond funds plus some money from the district’s fund balance to construct a ninth grade campus next to Dickinson High School, which is under construction and set to open in August 2019.

“Dickinson ISD is fortunate to have outstanding employees - administrators, teachers, and support staff - who consistently go above and beyond what is expected, and we are blessed to have the greatest students on earth walk through our school doors each day. When coupled with the unwavering support of our community as evidenced by the passage of two facility bonds in the last six years, the future certainly looks bright for Gator Nation.”

Mims insists that her retirement is not a good-bye as she and her husband, Sam, will continue to live in Dickinson and plan to continue to be involved in the community, be vocal supporters of the district and huge Gator fans. 

The mission of the Dickinson Independent School District is to ensure that all students have successful learning opportunities that help them reach their full potential and add quality throughout their lives. 

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