DISTRICT NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Kristi Lee, Ed.D.
Executive Director of Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2017
Bastrop Superintendent Announces Retirement
(Bastrop) -- After a 36-year career in public education, Steve Murray announced his retirement effective December 31, 2017. Murray has served as the superintendent of Bastrop ISD for the last eight years.
“It is with extremely mixed emotions that I am announcing my retirement,” said Murray in a statement to Bastrop ISD staff. “To say that the last 36 years have been rewarding would be quite the understatement. I have been blessed to work around some of the very best educators in Texas and to serve thousands of young people since my start in public education.”
During Murray’s tenure with BISD, student enrollment grew by more than 16 percent. In addition, the district opened the Colorado River Collegiate Academy, an early college high school that will graduate its first class this year. The district has also met the state’s standards for academic achievement, including average graduation rates that are higher than Region 13 and the state. Under Murray’s leadership, the district earned recognition for financial transparency, became a District of Innovation, and expanded academic and career programs for students at all levels.
“We appreciate Steve’s service and leadership these past eight years,” said Ashley Mutschink, President of the Bastrop ISD Board of Trustees. “He has dedicated his time and talent in service to our students and staff and has built an outstanding career in public education. On behalf of the board, I want to wish him well as he takes these next steps in life.”
Prior to BISD, Murray was superintendent of Little Elm ISD, where he guided the district in overcoming student achievement gaps, garnering a Texas Education Agency Recognized rating for the first time in its history. He also served as superintendent of La Vernia ISD and as deputy superintendent of Del Valle ISD. He began his career in 1982 as a teacher and baseball coach in Klein ISD in the Houston metropolitan area. Early in his administrative career, he implemented the student advisory council concept, one that became central to his leadership throughout his administrative career. Unique to Bastrop ISD’s student advisory council is board support and engagement each month as part of its regular meetings. Murray has helped to promote and expand the student leadership concept statewide.
Although retiring from public education, Murray is not retiring from work. He will begin a new chapter in the private sector after the holidays and said he also looks forward to traveling with his wife Karin and spending time with their three children and first grandchild due in early March.
Bastrop ISD is located 30 miles southeast of Austin and serves nearly 11,000 students from the communities of Bastrop, Cedar Creek, Red Rock, Rockne, Paige and other rural areas of Bastrop County.