Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Arts in Education , University of North Texas Masters in Education Administration, University of North Texas Texas Superintendent Certification

Mr. Alphonso Bates

On April 19, 2021, the Board of Trustees for Community Independent School District unanimously approved the appointment of Mr. Alphonso Bates as the Interim Superintendent of Schools. He assumed the role on April 29, 2021.

Mr. Bates has served the District since 2016. As the Chief of Organizational Management, Mr. Bates oversaw student services and human resources for Brave Nation, and has played an integral role in a 30 percent growth in teacher compensation, recruitment and retention of a growing staff, and the creation of staffing guidelines for the District. He will continue to oversee the human resources and student services departments while serving as the interim superintendent.

Mr. Bates has already left a lasting impact on Brave Nation, transforming Community ISD from a “D” district in his first year to an “A” district in 2019. He also served on many of the district committees during the passing and implementation of the 2017 bond, which included a new Community High School, the renovation of the former CHS into a new Edge Middle School, the upgrade of the baseball and softball complex, and the planned addition of a third elementary school in Josephine, scheduled to open in August 2022. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Lavon Area Chamber of Commerce from 2016 to 2018.

Before joining the Brave Nation, Mr. Bates served for seven years in DeSoto Independent School District as a Dean of Instruction, Associate Principal, and Testing Coordinator for DeSoto High School. He led the campus from an “Improvement Required” rating to a “Met Standard” rating in just one year, led the school through the authorization of International Baccalaureate: the Diploma Programme, and received several Gold Performance Acknowledgements.

Mr. Bates began his administrative career in Lancaster ISD, where he served as an Assistant Principal and later Principal of Lancaster Middle School from 2006 to 2009. Under his leadership, Lancaster Middle School moved from Academically Unacceptable to Academically Acceptable, and all students saw double-digit gains in all areas of the state assessment. Mr. Bates implemented a school discipline management system that decreased school violence by 90 percent, decreased teacher referrals by 85%, and saw an increased teacher retention rate to 91 percent. PTA participation at Lancaster Middle School increased from 13 parents to 130 parents in Mr. Bates’ three years at the campus.

The first step in Mr. Bates’ educational journey took place in 1999 as a science teacher at Lancaster High School. He spent six years in Lancaster ISD as a science teacher, administrative intern, and summer school principal before being assigned to Lancaster Middle School as an assistant principal in 2006. From 2002-2006 Mr. Bates also served as an Adult Based Education (G.E.D.) Teacher for Dallas Independent School District.

Mr. Bates is an active member of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA), and the Texas Association of Black School Educators (TABSE). He holds Superintendent and Principal certifications, as well as T-TESS and T-PESS certifications, and has served on the Teacher Certification Revision Committee for the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Mr. Bates is a proud, two-time graduate of the University of North Texas. He earned a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Education from UNT.

Mr. Bates and his wife, Jenia, are the proud parents of four children, and the family remains active in New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, where Mr. Bates is a deacon.