The Board of Trustees has named Jay Ratcliff (current Superintendent of Big Sandy ISD) as Lone Finalist for the superintendent's position. Jay is a very experienced superintendent and is well known in the area. He will be a GREAT fit for Harleton ISD. Jay will be in-district one day this week and I will try to introduce him to as many folks as possible. He will begin duties sometime after March 15th.
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Jay Ratcliff graduated from Ore City High School in 1993. He grew up on Lake O’ the Pines, which he still calls home. He attended Tyler Junior College on a music scholarship and was a member of the Tyler Apache Band for 2 years. From there, he went on to Texas A&M University in College Station and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, with emphasis in Biology and Kinesiology. It was at A&M where he met his sweet bride of nineteen years, Mrs. Honey Ratcliff. She is also an educator with 19 years of experience. She is dynamic and a strong supporter of children in all programs. Together, they have 2 amazing children, their 16-year old daughter, Madison, and 14-year old son, Luke.
Jay continued in his education, earning his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration in 2006 from Texas A&M University in Commerce, TX. During his 12 years in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Mr. Ratcliff had the opportunity to help open a brand new high school in the Wylie ISD. Since then, he has served as High School Principal in the Waskom ISD as well as Superintendent in the Martinsville ISD in Nacogdoches County. Currently, Mr. Ratcliff is the Superintendent of the Big Sandy ISD in Big Sandy, TX where he has served since 2016. Jay is passionate about building strong relationships, inside and outside of the school organization. He strongly desires to recognize students and staff at every level, and in every aspect of education.
Jay prioritizes his life by three things, his faith, his family, and his livelihood, and in that order. Jay loves the outdoors and enjoys hunting and fishing every opportunity he gets. Mr. Ratcliff is a champion for his school district and students. He looks forward to meeting every person in the Harleton ISD and is confident that with everyone working together, the Harleton ISD will continue their strong tradition of excellence in every classroom, on every stage, in every gym, at every show, and on every field.