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Grill is Outstanding Administrator of the Year

The Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas will honor Sabinal ISD Superintendent Richard Grill at their state convention in Abilene July 29.

Grill is one of 10 administrators chosen from across the state to receive their Outstanding Administrator of the Year award, which recognizes the “Administrator’s commitment to the agricultural science and technical field.” Grill was selected from a candidate pool from 104 school districts representing a large geographical area of north central to southwest Texas.

“I am humbled and appreciative of the recognition, however the award would not be possible without the excellent agriculture science program we have at Sabinal High School under the direction of Mr. Charlie Black,” he said.

“Our schools have received numerous recognitions in the past few years, and were featured in two publications in 2013. U.S. News and World Report named Sabinal High School as a top high school in the nation, and Texas Coop Power magazine featured our meat processing program,” added Grill. The meat processing program was also featured in the Anvil Herald’s 2014 “Salute to Agriculture” supplement.

The “meats” program is only one of eight programs offered across the state and was a program that Grill first suggested to be a course offering in 2009. While the meats program was his idea, Grill noted that the real achievement and recognition is due to Black’s efforts to make the program successful.

“Where there is passion, there is productivity,” Grill remarked, and he and Black have a passion for success, which has lead to the notoriety of the program and of the high school. The program has also gained the attention from H-E-B, who in part, has provided training materials and guest presentations to the students taking the courses. H-E-B plans to hire former students for employment once they attain 19 years of age, as required by OSHA.

This accumulative affect of CTE program support of job-ready curriculums prompted the Texas Association of School Board’s to fly Grill to Dallas last September to be a featured presenter on the Career-Tech Education programs offered at Sabinal High School. He addressed an audience of several hundred school board members, which prompted calls and visits from school officials from numerous districts from across the state.

“As a career educator of 31 years, I can state that I am living my dream of serving as a catalyst to enable others to provide our students with opportunities of academic excellence in a true 21st Century learning environment. Sabinal ISD also offers our students a comprehensive and award-winning extra-curricular programs whether it is in ag, band or athletics.” Grill concluded.


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