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Dr. Reagan C. (Beau) Rees has served as the Superintendent of Montgomery ISD since January of 2012. He is a former classroom teacher, coach, elementary principal, and high school principal in the Colorado, Sweetwater, and Graham ISDs. Dr. Rees is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he majored in Political Science. He received a Masters of Education from Abilene Christian University and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Texas Tech University. This year, Dr. Rees, started his 15th year as a school superintendent in the state of Texas.
Considered one of the premiere districts in the state of Texas, Montgomery ISD is a suburban public school district that serves 8,200 students with more than 1,000 of the greatest educators to ever work in public schools. Montgomery ISD is a destination district for families who value small town school environments with big city academics and stellar extracurricular activities. Considered a Fast Growth District, Montgomery ISD continues to attract the best and brightest students moving into the Greater Houston Region.
Working as a Team of Eight, Dr. Rees and the Montgomery ISD School Board have significantly helped improve employee morale, rejuvenated the district's financial reserves and advanced technology district-wide. Continuing to be a voice for children in Texas public schools, they also adopted a Legislative Platform calling for more academic accountability, school finance reform and local control. During Dr. Rees’ tenure, Montgomery ISD successfully reduced the 2012-13 budget over $2.5 million while keeping classroom instruction Priority #1, which quickly gained the admiration, trust and respect of the entire community. The District has also successfully saved the MISD taxpayers millions of dollars by refinancing bonds, received the Comptrollers Gold Star for transparency, and efficiency in 2013, been awarded the prestigious CAFR award for outstanding financial reporting, and provided increases in salaries and benefits for all employees. In fact, MISD has earned the state’s top Superior Rating on the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas every single year since the accountability system was instituted.
In 2014, under Dr. Rees’ leadership, the Superintendent’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) worked through a facility needs process that resulted in a recommendation to the Montgomery ISD Board to put the largest bond election in school district history on the ballot. In May of 2015, the 257 million dollar bond referendum passed with more than 70% voter approval. The bond funds will build the district’s 2nd high school, Lake Creek High School, as well as provide for the construction of Oak Hills Junior High and Keenan Elementary School. In addition to the new schools, the 2015 bond funds renovations and safety/security upgrades at all campuses, as well as significant upgrades at Montgomery High School and Montgomery Junior High School.
Listening to the input of staff, parents and taxpayers, Dr. Rees also championed the district’s creation of our own Character Education Curriculum, started elementary dual language programs, tripled the number of college credits earned by our graduates, expanded career and technical opportunities for work ready certifications through Lone Star College, and facilitated a 200% increase in the number of AP Exams taken in 2016. Dr. Rees has also strongly advocated for more rigorous and relevant high school academic electives and championed the elementary School Wide Enrichment (SEM) Program. This is Gifted and Talented Education for all children based on both student and teacher interests. The district has also implemented Project Lead the Way at the Secondary Levels to provide innovative, cutting-edge opportunities for students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
As Dr. Rees always reiterates at every opportunity, the reason Montgomery ISD is a premier, destination district is because we have great kids, great educators, and great community support for public education. As a testimony to community support, in January of 2014, with the help of the MISD Board of Trustees, the Montgomery ISD Education Foundation (MISDEF) was created, The MISDEF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to enriching and enhancing the education of Montgomery ISD students. It supplies funds for innovative, imaginative, and inspirational projects and programs outside of the regular school district budget through a grant application process. During the 2015-2016 school year, the foundation was able to fund 19 teacher classroom grants worth $33,092. Each campus received a grant and we were able to impact over 3,800 students. And this was only the second year the foundation was in operation. The outpouring of community support to help our classroom teachers work their magic with kids above and beyond the minimum requirements of the state is amazing.
Because of his commitment to student success, Dr. Rees was asked to join other prestigious superintendents across the state in participating in the Public Education Visioning Institute. The work of this group is serving as a guide for educational reform to ensure Texas public schools prepare students for the digital age. In addition to leading MISD, Beau is actively involved in a number of community and civic organizations and presents on education-related issues. In 2013, Dr. Rees was asked to be the Grand Marshall of the Montgomery Christmas Parade and Cookie Walk. In 2014, Beau was honored to be the keynote speaker at the 1st annual Montgomery Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, and in the spring of 2016, Dr. Rees was honored to deliver the keynote address for the Montgomery Day of Prayer Community Service. Beau, 45, resides in MISD with his wife Billie, a senior English Teacher at Montgomery High School. They have three children Hannah, a freshman at Texas A&M, Blyss, a sophomore at Montgomery High, and Reagan, a fourth grade student at Lone Star Elementary in MISD. They thoroughly enjoy attending MISD and community events – especially those that involve supporting the Montgomery Bears.
Montgomery ISD District Office | 13159 Walden Road | Montgomery, TX 77356 | Phone: 936-276-2000
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