WINTERS - Randy Gartman is all about success for students and he is bringing and implementing that philosophy at Winters ISD where he began as the new secondary principal at the beginning of the semester.

WINTERS - Randy Gartman is all about success for students and he is bringing and implementing that philosophy at Winters ISD where he began as the new secondary principal at the beginning of the semester.

Gartman, who replaced Sammie Tullous, who moved to the Houston area at the end of the last school year, is ready and prepared to implement the Winters ISD’s initiative “Success Now.”

This year, he welcomed 169 students in grades 9-12 and 132 students in grades 6-8.

“I bring high expectations and we want to promote success for all of our students,” said Gartman, the secondary principal for grades 6-12.

Gartman, a native of Robert Lee, comes to Winters from Cherokee ISD where he served as the K-12 principal from 2015 to 2017. While there, he turned the district, which was in “improvement required” status from the Texas Education Agency, around.

“In one year we turned that around thanks to good teachers and high expectations,” Gartman explained.

That won’t be necessary in Winters, since the district has met five out of seven standards according to the 2017 TEA Accountability Summary, released last month. But, he wants to make sure that progress and success continue for all of the students.

“We want to make sure that every student has one year’s growth at the end of the year,” Gartman said. “If we have kids mastering the STARR test they will master it again next year.”

Winters ISD Superintendent Bruce Davis said he is glad to welcome Gartman to the district, which has been successful with positive accountability ratings for the past three years.

“Mr. Gartman believes in the kids,” Davis said. “He believes in their capacity to make intelligent decisions for their future. He does a great job at that - it’s all about educating those kids and he really believes in them and they believe in him.”

Prior to his time at Cherokee ISD, Gartman worked as elementary principal at Forsan ISD. He began his teaching career as a science teacher at Garden City ISD and went into administration there as the assistant K-12 principal and later as the elementary principal.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Angelo State University in 1993 and his Masters of Education from Sul Ross University in 2007.

Gartman said the staff is great in Winters, which is a plus when implementing a new initiative like Success Now.

“The staff is eager to work and eager to make changes that they know are good for these kids,” Gartman said.

Members of the staff are also enthusiastic.

“I’m super excited to have Mr. Gartman join the ranks of the Winters Secondary schools staff,” said Deb Pritchard, WSS English teacher. “He brings consistency, innovation and an ambition for success to the table. His enthusiasm is contagious and his passion for the job and dedication to the students and faculty are demonstrated daily by his actions. I’m looking forward to the achievements our school will celebrate under his leadership."

He said Winters ISD has done a good job preparing the students for college and careers.

“For their size, they offer a lot of career and technology courses,” Gartman said.

Overall, he said it is about making sure the students are successful.

“We want to focus on making improvements,” Gartman said. “And we want all students to be successful.”