Superintendent's Message

Parents, my promise to you is that your child’s education is as important to me as it is for my own children. I have a burning passion to ensure that every child has a great educational experience in a world-class school system! We are providing an excellent academic and extra-curricular environment that demands our students work hard to become the best they can be! Here at Axtell I.S.D. we are investing a great deal in all the resources it takes to make sure your child reaches their fullest potential.

I think it is important to acknowledge that education is meant to be challenging, rigorous, thorough, and should stretch the abilities of every child in order for them to grow. This stretching is tough, and therefore we must balance the hard work with patience, love, and compassion. I promise that your child will always be treated with respect and dignity, and they will be provided the academic and emotional support necessary to have a great experience!

You can be proud to know that your child attends the very best school in Texas! And, know that we are constantly working to become even better through collaboration with educators around the region, state, and world who are the best at what they do! I will not rest until we are acknowledged as one of the very best school districts in the world!

I am very proud to be an Axtell Longhorn! I can hardly wait to see what the future holds for our children!

In your service,

Dr. JR Proctor


Axtell I.S.D.

The Handbook of Texas Online - Axtell

Axtell is on Farm Road 1330 between U.S. Highway 84 and State Highway 31, eight miles northeast of Bellmead in eastern McLennan County. It was established in 1881, when the Texas and St. Louis Railway laid track from Corsicana to Waco. A post office, called Axtell in honor of a railroad official, opened in 1882 with Edward P. Rino as postmaster. By the early 1890s Axtell had a population of 200, a gristmill and gin, two general stores, and a hotel. In 1896 Axtell schools had two teachers for eighty-five White students and one teacher for seventy-nine black students. The population had risen to 250. The Axtell State Bank opened in 1912 and provided an economic boost for local businesses by attracting customers from outlying areas. Population estimates for Axtell reached a peak of 400 in 1914.  

Severe storms and floods in the fall of that year damaged or destroyed crops and property throughout the region, making it impossible for many area farmers to meet their loan payments. The bank at Axtell was forced to close in 1914. In spite of this setback and the Great Depression a few years later, Axtell managed to hold its own as a small railroad town. The community became the focus of a rural high school district in 1915. The district grew to include the Billington and Watt common school districts of Limestone County and the Elk common school district of McLennan County. Population estimates for the Axtell community remained at 220 from the 1920s through the 1960s; a population of 105 was reported from 1970 through 1990. By 2000 the population reached 300. Axtell had three churches, a post office, and several businesses in the mid-1980s.