Dr. Hank Bounds, State Superintendent of Education for Mississippi, will visit Galena Park ISD on December 2-3. Dr. Bounds will arrive in the afternoon of Dec. 2 and meet with the Cabinet and Board of Trustees.
He will meet with the principals in the morning of Dec. 3 and then tour North Shore Senior High and Galena Park High to get a first-hand look at how GPISD is one of only two districts in Texas with an enrollment of 20,000 students or more to earn a Recognized Status and have all campuses and the district meet AYP standards.
Dr. Bounds was named State Superintendent of Education for Mississippi on June 23, 2005. He became familiar with Galena Park ISD in September 2005 when GPISD students and employees raised $25,987.54 in relief following Hurricane Katrina for Pascagoula School District in Mississippi.
Before becoming Mississippi's State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Bounds served as superintendent of the Pascagoula School District for four years. In this role he improved test scores at every school in the district while significantly closing the achievement gap among all subgroups, and designed and implemented a leadership/school improvement model that provided the impetus for both high schools in the district to be nominated as National Blue Ribbon Schools in 2005.
Dr. Bounds implemented an individualized student-reading program that has gained national exposure as students in grades kindergarten through eight read an average of 100 books per year. He designed a mobile reading and tutoring bus, “Storyland Express,” filled with books and a computer, which is used as a tutoring tool after school and serves as a safe place where children can read while their parents shop at local grocery stores during the summer.
Dr. Bounds was appointed to the Southeast Regional Advisory Board for the United States Department of Education, and to the USDE National Forum on Education Statistics. In addition to his career in education, Dr. Bounds served in the Mississippi Army National Guard, including duty at Camp Shelby during the Persian Gulf War.