Dr. Michael D. McFarland was named Superintendent of Lancaster ISD in May of 2010. He is an outstanding, energetic, dynamic leader with a proven track record of transforming educational organizations into high-performing institutions. Lancaster ISD is one of the largest predominately African American school districts in the state, with more than 85% African American students, and more than 87% of students receiving free or reduced lunch services. In spite of very challenging circumstances, the student performance over the last few years has consistently increased and acceleration toward the elimination of the achievement gap is ongoing.

Under his leadership, Lancaster ISD has received numerous awards for academic performance due to significant improvement in TAKS scores, College and Career Readiness rates, TAP Value Added Scores, and Gold Performance Acknowledgements from Texas Education Agency. In addition, several campuses have received Title I National Distinguish School Awards. As a result of his leadership, Lancaster ISD was recognized as a Texas High Performing School Consortium member and is one of only 22 districts in the state to receive this selection. Also in 2012, Lancaster ISD was named as a recipient of a $4.8 million STEM grant—the largest financial contribution made to an educational institution by the Texas Instrument Foundation in support of the implementation of the first STEM for all district in Texas.

He is committed to ensuring that students graduate with more than a high school diploma—they will also have choices and opportunities. As a result of this commitment and the implementation of the More than a Diploma initiative, more than 90% of Lancaster students have graduated with a high school diploma and a letter of acceptance to a college, university, vocational school or a branch of the armed forces.

Dr. McFarland, a native of Jasper, Texas, began his educational career in 1993 as an algebra teacher. He has a Bachelor Degree of Business Administration from Baylor University, a Master Degree of Education and superintendent’s certificate from Stephen F. Austin University and a Doctorate Degree from Baylor University.

He is married to Cynthia McFarland and has two daughters, Kharis and Michiah, and two sons Tyler and Jarrett.

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