NEWS HEADLINES

Board extends super’s contract

By Brandon Evans | Published Saturday, April 5, 2014

The trustees of Boyd ISD like the direction the district is headed.

They emphasized that Monday with a unanimous vote in favor of extending Superintendent Ted West’s contract by two years. He now has a three-year contract that expires June 30, 2017.

“Personally, I think he has done a superb job,” said board member Trae Luttrell. “He’s very good with people. He’s always even-keeled no matter the situation. And I’ve never heard a complaint about him.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do, and I think he’s the best man to get it done.”

He added that West is also invested in the community and almost always present at district events.

The board voted 6-0 for the extension. Board member Kim Hudson was absent.

West was named superintendent in August 2012, after serving as high school principal and assistant superintendent in the district for five years.

West said he’s grateful for the chance to continue to serve. In the past year he’s been working with administrators and teachers throughout the district to help improve student performance.

“We’ve had some goals we’ve been working on as far as academic and student achievement, and I think the board feels we’ve met most of them,” West said. “We did a lot of things last year, and there’s still work to do.”

One of the plans implemented last year was establishing internal benchmarks to monitor where students are grasping concepts essential for the state’s standardized testing.

“We’ve set benchmarks for all of our STAAR test areas,” said Assistant Superintendent Barbara Stice. “We’ve seen a lot of improvement in math and science and social studies also. Reading and writing has had some but not as much as we’d like to see.”

With STAAR test starting last week, West and Stice feel those efforts had students better prepared than in past years – and West is more than happy to continue leading the district in that direction.

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