The Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously this evening to name the district’s newest elementary school in honor of long-time Waxahachie ISD assistant superintendent and board trustee Max Simpson.
“Max Simpson has made countless contributions to Waxahachie ISD, both as an administrator and a board member,” said Waxahachie ISD board president Dusty Autrey. “Max and his family are an integral part of our community and our district, and we are proud to name our newest elementary school in his honor.”
Mr. Simpson graduated from Baylor University in 1956 with bachelor’s degrees in history and education, and he received a master’s degree in education from Baylor in 1958.
Mr. Simpson began teaching in Waco ISD in 1958. He taught and was a principal there until 1967, other than one school year that he spent teaching in Madrid, Spain. Mr. Simpson then spent the next three years working for the Region XII Service Center in Waco, before moving to Waxahachie ISD in 1970 to serve as an assistant superintendent for the district.
As a district administrator, Mr. Simpson played a vital role in Waxahachie ISD’s integration in 1970, when a new high school building was opened and Turner High School and Waxahachie High School were merged. Mr. Simpson retired as the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Instruction in 1991.
After his retirement, Mr. Simpson served as the director of Baylor University’s student teacher program for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Mr. Simpson also served on the Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees from 2004-2011. In 2013, he was named an Outstanding Educator recipient by the Waxahachie Ex-Students’ Association.
Mr. Simpson and his wife, Earlane, have three children, Shannon, Megan, and Chrisanna, and seven grandchildren, all of whom are graduates of Waxahachie ISD.
Simpson Elementary School will be located in the North Grove subdivision, at 460 Washington Avenue. A groundbreaking ceremony for the campus will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.
For more information about Waxahachie ISD, please visit www.wisd.org.
Continuing our tradition of “Excellence in Education,” the mission of the Waxahachie Independent School District is to develop, through a cooperative effort with the home and community, well-educated, responsible citizens who can excel in a complex world.
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