You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.
From student to superintendent, meet Roland Toscano
East Central ISD Superintendent Roland Toscano
East Central Independent School District has a new superintendent. Former East Central High School Principal Roland Toscano was selected for the job, and after a short conversation with him recently, it is easy to understand why he was the board of trustees’ No. 1 choice.
Toscano is completely invested in the East Central Independent School District, far more than many know. He is a product of the district, and is a proud graduate of the East Central High School class of 1991. He continued his education by earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and then began his educational career in 1997 as part of the district.
Many may find it interesting, though, that becoming the superintendent wasn’t a goal Toscano set early in his career.
“My only goal was to be fully committed to education, and as an educator,” he said.
Still, throughout his career at East Central, the administrative positions presented themselves, and Toscano took advantage of the opportunities that came along. Over the years he continued to pursue his own education, and earned various certifications along the way. He describes former Superintendent Gary Patterson as a true mentor to him, and said Patterson always encouraged him to reach for more.
As for leading the district he has known and loved for so many years, Toscano is enthusiastic.
“I’m very excited about the possibilities for the district,” he said. “The unknown is stimulating.”
He admits the role of superintendent is different, though not a complete departure from his duties and years of experience as a principal.
“It’s just on a much larger scale,” he said.
Toscano believes his greatest strengths lie in people leadership, empathy, and in his ability to adapt to those who need to be led. He believes the best leaders are adaptable and firm -- yet still have the ability to remain compassionate.
“I think I’m at my best when I am adapting to a changing situation,” he said.
There are sure to be plenty of those scenarios in his future.
As for his future goals, Toscano is determined to be completely focused on adapting the school system to the changing economy. He is also going to work hard to combat the negative perspective of public schools in general. He understands the need to address these issues, and to remain accountable to the citizens.
“It is being said that public schools aren’t safe -- aren’t effective, but that’s not true,” he said. “We need to tell our story and get the word out.”
Toscano is an energetic and enthusiastic person. His positive attitude and can-do spirit radiate when he speaks. But Toscano can also “walk the walk,” and has been described as a “blue-collar guy with a white-collar mind.” The new superintendent embraces such a label, and believes a person needs to work hard and smart to succeed.
He has worked hard since he was 16, and held jobs such as a custodian and farm hand. He also washed trucks, sold shoes, and worked as both a bartender and a waiter. He did landscaping for a time, and even worked for Pace picante, where he sorted peppers.
Toscano comes by his work ethic honestly, and credits his parents for a strong upbringing. His parents are from the Rio Grande Valley, and Toscano said they started with nothing. His father joined the Air Force and proudly served his country for years. Toscano grew up learning the importance of family involvement, selflessness, and discipline.
“You do what you are supposed to do -- no excuses,” he said. “And you trust in your gut and instincts, because those feelings are based on your values.”
Toscano began his own family more than two decades ago when he met his wife of 20 years, Bonnie, while attending East Central High School. The couple have three children. The eldest, Dustin, is currently studying biology and playing football at Hardin-Simmons University. Daughter Francine is preparing for her senior year at East Central, and serves as a colonel on the school’s dance team. Their youngest, Tyson, is heading into the third grade at John Glenn Elementary. The family also shares the house with a dog named Duke and a frisky calico cat.
When he isn’t busy with East Central matters, Toscano has a number of interests that keep him going. In addition to his love of running and blooming interest in endurance sports, Toscano also enjoys spending time in the outdoors, and “tinkering” with carpentry projects. He enjoys reading, and is “into three to five books at any given time.” Seth Godin, Ken Robinson, Dan Pink, and Dave Ramsey are among his favorite authors, and he also listens to a number of different podcasts.
So as Toscano transitions into his new position at East Central ISD, he is sure to work both hard and smart. He will also work hard to instill these values in the students of East Central.
“Education is not all it takes to succeed. You also have to work hard,” Toscano said. “That’s why I am such a big supporter of extracurricular activities. Kids need to work hard and challenge themselves.
“That is what we have to do to prepare kids,” he added. “Reading, writing, and arithmetic is not enough!”
•1997: Heritage Middle School, teacher and coach
•2001: ECHS, teacher and coach
•2005: ECHS Assistant Principal
•2007: Heritage Principal
•2008: ECHS Principal
•2014: ECISD Superintendent
Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!
You must be logged in to post a comment.
Section A: General News Archives
American Legion ceremony (May 25, 2016)
Annexation for fire services will be on November ballot (May 25, 2016)
Camino Real plans Open House events (May 25, 2016)
Chief Hull resigns from Poth police (May 25, 2016)
County sets sights on new tax (May 25, 2016)
Court Update (May 25, 2016)
Editorial: Grim choices have put America in a grave situation (May 25, 2016)
Editorial: On the other side of politics in a world of digital divide (May 25, 2016)
Fire, EMS services — Who’s got you covered? (May 25, 2016)
It’s okay to take control (May 25, 2016)
Letter: Free ride over hard work … a no-brainer! (May 25, 2016)
Letter: Housing Foundation expresses gratitude (May 25, 2016)
Letter: Mainstream media ‘brainwashing’ Hispanic/Latino voters (May 25, 2016)
Meeting Watch: Wilson County Memorial Hospital District (May 25, 2016)
Memorial Day office closures (May 25, 2016)
One viewpoint: Making Floresville marketable with recreational facilities (May 25, 2016)
Parish plans Cemetery Ceremony (May 25, 2016)
Police arrest man in case of burned body (May 25, 2016)
Police Blotter (May 25, 2016)
Police ticket six for violating cell phone ban (May 25, 2016)
Post 539 service (May 25, 2016)
Poth electric vehicle users could be in for a shock (May 25, 2016)
Poth High School students earn awards (May 25, 2016)
Severe storms shred Wilson County (May 25, 2016)
SSCA ceremony (May 25, 2016)
Teacher salaries, student lunch prices on the rise (May 25, 2016)
Tejano music to fill the air during Labor Day event (May 25, 2016)
Turner: New businesses coming to Floresville (May 25, 2016)
Berger earns Ph.D. from Columbia University (May 18, 2016)
Brahma Happenings (May 18, 2016)
Burning body spurs murder investigation (May 18, 2016)
Can I negotiate? (May 18, 2016)
Court Update (May 18, 2016)
Editorial: Narrow views promote intellectual, moral dry rot (May 18, 2016)
Editorial: The political climate in America goes from bad to worse (May 18, 2016)
Falls City ISD’s new K-12 building almost complete (May 18, 2016)
Floresville parks master plan would relocate ball fields (May 18, 2016)
Floresville parks plan wins council approval (May 18, 2016)
Foundation awards $9K in grants (May 18, 2016)
Foundation opens health grant process (May 18, 2016)
Graco recalls booster seats (May 18, 2016)
Grass fires on the rise (May 18, 2016)
Letter: An open letter to Congress (May 18, 2016)
Letter: Illegal immigration: Who will laugh last? (May 18, 2016)
Letter: What Hispanic vote? (May 18, 2016)
Lone Star Greys to meet (May 18, 2016)
Meeting Watch: La Vernia City Council (May 18, 2016)
Meeting Watch: Poth ISD (May 18, 2016)
Police Blotter (May 18, 2016)
Police recover one of two stolen trucks (May 18, 2016)
Register for free watercolor lesson (May 18, 2016)
Stockdale campus to get upgrade soon (May 18, 2016)
Stockdale City Council approves electronic payment processing (May 18, 2016)
TAMU-SA matches student scholarships (May 18, 2016)
Time to make plans to attend Jubilee (May 18, 2016)
Want fire protection? Attend May 19 hearing (May 18, 2016)
Acme Gold Buyers marks fifth year in Floresville (May 11, 2016)
All Veterans Job Fair (May 11, 2016)
Cemetery group to meet (May 11, 2016)
Children’s Alliance enhances care services (May 11, 2016)
China Grove mayor, police chief trade barbs at meeting (May 11, 2016)
Commissioners lukewarm toward hot coffee at library (May 11, 2016)
Competency and integrity (May 11, 2016)
Court Update (May 11, 2016)
Coy to get Ranger Cross (May 11, 2016)
Cub Scout Roundup (May 11, 2016)
Donate blood in May (May 11, 2016)
Editor: Trump’s candidacy sets in motion affliction in future elections (May 11, 2016)
Editorial: The voters have spoken — well, some of them have! (May 11, 2016)
Former Sutherland Springs VFD considered as a substation (May 11, 2016)
Free caregivers class starts May 26 (May 11, 2016)
Information sought in Walmart theft (May 11, 2016)
Lack of super majority vote keeps Clean Water Rule flowing (May 11, 2016)
Leetter: The government is a terrible investor (May 11, 2016)
Letter: Injection well site is near river, creeks (May 11, 2016)
Letter: Stop being negative (May 11, 2016)
LV youths win new wheels at Bike Rodeo (May 11, 2016)
Meeting Watch: La Vernia ISD (May 11, 2016)
Mineral rights workshop set (May 11, 2016)
Miss LV Pageant, Bluebonnet Parade, graduation fill La Vernia calendar (May 11, 2016)
New Wilson County justice center nears completion (May 11, 2016)
Personalized brick for Veterans Memorial (May 11, 2016)
Police Blotter (May 11, 2016)
Precinct 3 primary runoff is May 24 (May 11, 2016)
Rangers to honor Lorenz (May 11, 2016)
Rohrs takes over Floresville athletics (May 11, 2016)
Tanneberger qualifies for Executive Club membership (May 11, 2016)
Voters respond: One bond passes, another fails (May 11, 2016)
Wednesday morning crash injures nine (May 11, 2016)
AACOG plans public meeting (May 4, 2016)
Accident injures two drivers (May 4, 2016)
AgriLife offers tips to protect from Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (May 4, 2016)
Behind the lens: Solitary stillness (May 4, 2016)
Celebration Mass June 12 (May 4, 2016)
Cemetery association meeting (May 4, 2016)
Condos are fine, but do your research (May 4, 2016)
Court Update (May 4, 2016)
Crime Stoppers aids police anonymously (May 4, 2016)
DA, DPS bust nets 86 charges (May 4, 2016)
Debate over citizens comments dominates Floresville council (May 4, 2016)
Dwellings At Home offers lodge, ranch furnishings, more (May 4, 2016)
Editorial: Overbearing city council threatens boards’ independence (May 4, 2016)
Editorial: Taking personal responsibility will bring possibilities (May 4, 2016)
Editorial: Trump is the same old song with one more verse (May 4, 2016)
FEDC tables recommendation of master parks plan (May 4, 2016)
FELPS tornado repair continues as FEMA help stalls (May 4, 2016)
Floresville Chamber Luncheon May 18 (May 4, 2016)
Hall of Fame inductees: Joe Kotwig, Malcolm and Beverly Talley (May 4, 2016)
Letter: Alamo Colleges: A bust for Floresville (May 4, 2016)
Local nursing homes plan Senior Olympics May 9-13 (May 4, 2016)
Look twice for motorcycle riders (May 4, 2016)
Lyssy’s vault earns gold, sets records! (May 4, 2016)
Medicaid, CHIP application assistance (May 4, 2016)
Meeting Watch: Wilson County Commissioners Court (May 4, 2016)
National Day of Prayer May 5 (May 4, 2016)
Police Blotter (May 4, 2016)
Ramirez promoted to colonel (May 4, 2016)
Reserve a seat for SA Tea Party (May 4, 2016)
Tanneberger tops in sales (May 4, 2016)
Treviño prepares to take reins of East Central athletics (May 4, 2016)