Superintendent Killed in Motorcycle Crash Made Grand Prairie a Destination District for Students

Susan Simpson Hull was a force in Texas education known playfully as a tough "biker chick" who didn't back down from challenges and transformed Grand Prairie into a "destination" district, friends say. Hull didn't complain when hundreds of students were leaving the lackluster GPISD for charter school competitors. Instead, she fought back, making Grand Prairie's own campuses more attractive by revamping them to offer unique programs that focused on areas like leadership, law, sports medicine and even environmental science. And then she aggressively recruited students -- including from neighboring districts -- with direct mailers and a fair-like event modeled after the NFL's pre-Super Bowl extravaganza. "She reinvented our public schools," Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen. "She convinced staff -- the whole city -- that what she was doing was best for the kids. And then she started showing results."Hull, 60, died Monday from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident while on vacation in Arizona. The Arizona Department of Public Safety is investigating the incident but publicly shared social media posts from family members indicate Hull may have suffered a stroke, which caused her to lose control of the motorcycle.  Continue reading...

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