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Dr. Robert Stewart named assistant superintendent of human resources as part of central administration reorganization

Dr. Robert Stewart, executive director of human resources, was recently named the assistant superintendent for human resources. Dr. Stewart replaces Dr. Richard Valenta, who was named the district’s deputy superintendent of schools in February.

Dr. Stewart has been a key member of the Denton Independent School District’s human resources team for the past seven years. He is a current nominee for the National Association of School Personnel Administrator Association’s administrator of the year award after being named the state and regional administrator of the year.

“The accolades from his peers clearly exemplify the quality of work Dr. Stewart has done in Denton ISD and throughout his career. Our human resources department will continue to recruit and retain the best teachers and personnel possible under his leadership,” said Superintendent Dr. Jamie Wilson.

Dr. Stewart’s new role comes as part of a reorganization of the district’s central administration and human resources department.

As part of the changes, Denton ISD’s human resources, academic programs, athletics and adult education/community development departments will be managed by Dr. Valenta. In addition, Dr. David Hicks, Vicki Sargent and Susannah O’Bara, executive directors of academic programs, have been named area superintendents with additional departments falling under their direction. These include:
  • Fine Arts, Health Services and Elementary Principals under Mrs. Obara
  • Child Development, Extended School Day and Elementary Principals under Mrs. Sargent
  • Counseling, Career & Technology Education, Student/Campus Support Services and Secondary Principals under Dr. Hicks
In human resources, Gwen Perkins, director of elementary professional staff, has been named the executive director of professional staff. Mrs. Perkins has been with the district’s human resources team for two years after a 17-year career as a campus principal, assistant principal and teacher.

Completing the reorganization are Lyneille Meza and Jay Weidenbach in curriculum and instruction. Mrs. Meza has been named director of data and assessment , while Mr. Weidenbach has been named director of special education.

“We have quality people in place, so I am excited about the new ideas and leadership that this administrative team will provide to the district’s teachers, students and staff moving forward,” said Dr. Valenta.
Organizational Chart
Organizational Chart