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Dr. Stacy Houser

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Local Address:  Pueblo , Colorado , United States
Aguilar School District Re-6

Employment History

  • President
  • Superintendent
  • Re-1 Superintendent
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Superintendent of Schools
  • Superintendent
    Montezuma-Cortez School
  • Re-1 Superintendent


  • Bachelor's degree
    Baylor Christian University
  • master's degree , educational leadership
    Austin State University
  • Doctorate
    Austin Presbyterian Seminary
  • graduate degree
    Texas A&M
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Web References
Montezuma-Cortez School ..., 12 Jan 2012 [cached]
Montezuma-Cortez School District Re-1 Superintendent Stacy Houser has resigned from his duties with the school board, although no official statement has been released. When asked for a statement Thursday, Houser said that he was waiting on a few phone calls. "I will say that my office is as clean as it has ever been," said Houser.
On Wednesday, Lanier said, "The official statement is that the board is not taking action, we don't have a resignation yet. (Houser) has cleaned out his office."
Houser came to the Re-1 School District to fill the role of superintendent in the summer of 2005. Prior to that he held diverse positions in education and public service in Texas and abroad. He was a policeman in Dallas, a youth camp official, a cultural center director in South Africa and has taught at Baylor Christian University in Texas, where he also earned a Bachelor's degree in art before attaining a master's degree in educational leadership from Austin State University. He then earned his Doctorate from Austin Presbyterian Seminary. Houser also did post-graduate work at Texas A&M. Houser was raised in Kenya, where his family were missionaries. It remains unclear what the Re-1 board has planned for the immediate future, or who will serve as interim superintendent. During a brief telephone interview, Houser said the he still supports the Re-1 school district. "I wish the students and staff all the best," he added.
Cortez Journal Online - Cortez Colorado, 8 June 2006 [cached]
That status made the district eligible to receive a Comprehensive Assessment for District Improvement, said Re-1 Superintendent Stacy Houser.
"The report showed we need to give attention to special education programs and to continue using and building on community relationships," Houser said.
Houser pointed to a possible mill-levy override as an example.Assessors recommended the Re-1 board consider an override to address district problems such as a decreasing student population, which reduces the amount of state funding the district receives.
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"We're facing a further decline in student enrollment," Houser said.
Houser and Re-1 President Jackie Fisher estimate it will take three to five years to bring about the improvements the team recommends.
Four Corners Free Press Official Website, 1 Oct 2011 [cached]
Re-1 Superintendent Stacy Houser told the Free Press the impacts of school-funding cuts are being felt system-wide - in aging facilities, larger classes, a smaller staff, and a chronic shortage of supplies.
"Certainly the facilities are a problem. That hits us every day," Houser said.
Houser said the education-funding crunch can be traced back to passage of the TABOR tax-cutting act in 1992, or even to the state's 1982 Gallagher Amendment, which effectively reduced residential property- tax assessments.
Critics have said that "throwing money at the problem" won't solve it, but money certainly is a factor in a quality education, Houser said.
"I can't throw out a figure and say, 'This correlates to student achievement,' but in a struggling community like Montezuma County, to say that money does not help - that is tremendously short-sighted. I think the funding does directly impact student learning in our district."
For instance, he said, four years ago 70 percent of first-graders were coming into the classroom with a below-grade-level vocabulary. "That happens coming into the schools, not IN the schools," Houser said.
Re-1's four-day week, adopted to save money, also has a detrimental effect, making scheduling much tougher, Houser said. "It makes it more difficult to get all those needs met for the different groups in a classroom."
He said he has seen no evidence that lack of money affects teacher performance, but it certainly affects retention, particularly when there are districts an hour to the south, east or north offering higher pay.
"Stacy was the one that suggested it.
"Amendment 23 was intended to offset some of the ratcheting-down and keep K-12 above the tax cuts," Houser said, "but the last three years that did not happen, because of the state's finances."
Over the past three years, Re-1's budget was cut $1.5 million, $1.5 million and $1 million, Houser said. The entire Re-1 budget is approximately $28 million.
"I'm hearing we can expect the same-size cut for the coming year," he said. "Every year you think this is the last time, but word is they're looking to make up another $500 million shortfall.
"If we have to cut another $1 million or $1.5 million, I totally don't know where it's going to come from," he said. "I told the principals last year that the cuts we make are going to have direct impacts on students and families."
A measure on the November ballot, Proposition 103, would raise the state sales and use tax from 2.9 to 3 percent and the state income-tax rate from 4.63 to 5 percent for five years. The expected $3 billion that would be generated would go to public schools and higher education.
But even if it passes, Proposition 103 is not a remedy, just a way to keep education from sustaining further cuts over the next five years, Houser said.
"There is going to have to be a statewide, maybe constitutional, remedy and I'm hoping Lobato will be the instigator for that."
Houser said educators look at achievement standards and say, "How can we achieve those goals with the cards they dealt?"
Cortez Journal Online - Cortez Colorado, 26 Feb 2005 [cached]
The finalists for the position being vacated by Bill Thompson are Tom Burris, Dave Crews and James Stacy Houser.
According to his resume, Houser, of Crockett, Texas, is currently the assistant superintendent for the Crockett Independent School District, and has five years of experience with the district as a teacher, coach and principal.
Prior to being an administrator for the district, he was an administrator at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Houser's varied background also includes five years as a Baptist minister, four years as an international board administrator in Bophuthatswana, South Africa and two years as a police officer in Dallas.He was active in the chamber of commerce in Lampasas, Texas, and the Central Texas College Board of Advisors.For the last four years Houser has also been a member of the Houston County Juvenile Probation Board of Advisors.
Crews' resume reflects that in addition to currently being the assistant superintendent for Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School District, he is also a liaison for the Teacher Quality Grant for Western State College.
RSA9C ~ Members, 6 Jan 2011 [cached]
Dr. Stacy Houser Superintendent of Schools, Montezuma-Cortez School District
Dr. Stacy Houser came to Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1 as superintendent in July of 2005. His prior work experiences include being a language and cultural center director/missionary in South Africa; a patrolman with the Dallas Police Department; a youth camp administrator; a university administrator with Baylor University; and coach, principal, assistant superintendent in the Crockett Independent School District. He received his Bachelor of Art degree from Baylor University; his Master of Art in educational leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University; his Doctorate of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Seminary; and graduate-level coursework at Texas A&M University.
Dr. Houser grew up in Kenya, east Africa, where his parents were missionaries for 30 years. He speaks Swahili, Tswana, and Sotho. He taught Swahili at Baylor University in the Modern Foreign Languages Department. His father retired from missionary service and continues the Swahili program at Baylor.
Throughout the past year, Dr. Houser has been a critical member of the Pueblo Community College / San Juan Basin Technical College Merger Steering Committee.
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