Curtis Eldridge Embraces Retirement After a Great Career in Education
While serving as Superintendent of Saint Jo ISD, Curtis Eldridge rebranded the district, passed and completed a district-wide school bond project, fostered a 27% increase in student in enrollment, started full day PreK and the early education 3K program, accomplished 100% teacher retention following last school year, and expanded the college readiness program to allow high school students the opportunity to graduate with an associate’s degree. Eldridge stated “During my time at Saint Jo, we have created a sustainable school atmosphere that revolves around a positive attitude, consistent enthusiasm, intense dedication, and tremendous teamwork. I look forward to helping in the transition of the new Superintendent and watching Saint Jo ISD continue to prosper.”
Eldridge’s career in education began in the summer of 1993 as a football coach and teacher following graduation from SMU where he played football for the late NFL Hall of Famer, Forrest Gregg. SMU is also where he met his wife of 28 years, Vicki Walterscheid Eldridge.
The highlight of Eldridge’s coaching career was at Marcus High School in Flower Mound where he coached on the varsity football staff when they finished as 1995 5A State Finalists and 1997 5A State Champions.
In 2003, Eldridge entered Administration as an Assistant Principal at Flower Mound High School. Shortly thereafter, he moved his family to Vicki’s hometown, Muenster, where he served as Principal for several years and where they raised their daughter Morgan and son Major.
Following the Principalship at Muenster, he ventured to the Regional Education Service Center XI as a Trainer of School Boards and Principals. In 2008, Eldridge came onboard at Saint Jo as the High School Principal for 5 years before moving to the Superintendent position at the outstanding neighboring district, Montague ISD.
Saint Jo ISD came calling in the spring of 2016 and Eldridge returned to Saint Jo ISD as the Superintendent. While at Saint Jo, the cultivation of a positive team-oriented environment led the district to unprecedented success. Eldridge commented, “The most rewarding accomplishment had to be passing the very successful 2018 school bond and coordinating the complete expansion & renovation of all school district facilities. The work ethic and teamwork exhibited during the bond project was phenomenal.”
Curtis Eldridge’s leadership endeavors while at Saint Jo helped propel the district to state-wide notoriety. He currently serves as a 1A representative on the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Waiver Board, TASA Texas Education Commissioner's Cabinet, Ex-Officio on the Saint Jo ISD Education Foundation, and the ESC Region 9 Advisory Team. He has also recently served as the Chairman of the ESC 9 Red River Texas Association of Secondary Administrators. Eldridge stated, “I look forward to assisting the new Superintendent in learning the intricacies of the position. The Saint Jo School Board led by Mr. Leeton Phillips is the best of the best and the Saint Jo Administration and Faculty truly make Saint Jo ISD the Place to Be. The friendships built during my educational career will last a lifetime.”