By Olga Pena

Killeen Daily Herald

After devoting nearly three decades to the world of education, Robert C. Brundrett will assume the role he's been working toward for more than 29 years.

Brundrett, 52, is currently the Killeen Independent School District's instructional leader for middle schools. But come Aug. 29, he will be the Texas City Independent School District's superintendent of schools.

"It's a great opportunity for me and my family and I will miss working at KISD very greatly," Brundrett said.

The Texas City ISD voted unanimously Aug. 7 to name Brundrett as the lone finalist for the superintendent position.

The state requires a 21-day waiting period before the lone finalist can sign a contract and become an official employee of the district. The TCISD Board of Trustees called a special meeting on Aug. 29, for Brundrett to sign a contract.

Meanwhile, KISD Superintendent Dr. Jim Hawkins said the district will hold a reception for Brundrett on Aug. 26.

Brundrett said it was an honor to work with Hawkins and KISD for the past three years. "It's been a wonderful experience," Brundrett said. "It's been one of the great opportunities of my professional career."

Before coming to KISD, Brundrett served as executive director for secondary school improvement with Spring ISD.

The lifelong educator also served as state coordinator of Texas Middle School Education for the Region Education Service Center XIII, Office of Statewide Initiatives in Austin.

Before his state work, Brundrett spent 1986 to 1989 with Santa Fe ISD in several positions, including assistant principal, director of special education and high school principal.

For Brundrett, the move to superintendent means more than reaching the height of his career, it's also the opportunity to go back home.

"I know the community well. I grew up in Galveston County," Brundrett said. "I think it's a real honor to go back home."

Brundrett said his family, as well, is excited.

Brundrett and his wife, Lisa, have two children; a daughter, Avery, 11, and a son, Riley, 4.

Brundrett holds a doctor ate in K-12 educational administration from Texas A&M University, a master's degree in educational management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and bachelor's degree in music teacher education from the University of Houston-University Park.

While Brundrett can look forward to starting a new school year with a great opportunity before him, the soon-to-be superintendent leaves KISD with his best wishes.

"I wish the best for the future," Brundrett said.

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