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Chapman to leave Paradise ISD job

By Jimmy Alford | Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Paradise ISD is looking for new leadership as Superintendent Monty Chapman resigned Monday night during a special meeting.

Chapman’s last day with Paradise will be June 30. He has accepted a position with Weatherford ISD as the executive director of human resources.

Chapman has been with PISD 20 years, five of those as superintendent. He was assistant superintendent for six years under Robert Criswell and high school principal nine years before that.

Chapman let PISD staff know about his resignation soon after the Monday meeting ended.

In his resignation letter, Chapman wrote that working in Paradise had been an honor and would always hold a special place in is heart. He said the employees would always be his family.

WISD offered Chapman the job last Monday and made it official via vote Thursday night during the regular Weatherford board of trustees meeting. Chapman said it will be quite a change from running PISD.

“WISD has about 930 employees,” he said. “It will be a big job with a lot of responsibilities. I’ll have a staff with me dealing with benefits, payroll, hiring and working on contracts.”

Chapman said he and his wife are close enough to Weatherford for him to commute for now but will weigh their options on whether or not to move closer to his new job.

“It’s hard thinking about making a transition after being in one place for 20 years,” Chapman said. “I like to stay in one place and build and see the progress you make over the years.”

Chapman recognized the big job that lies ahead for the next superintendent. He said he believes PISD will be in good shape budget-wise but faces challenges with the school’s aging wastewater treatment facility and other larger expenditures – like buying buses and making some building repairs.

“I’ve looked at the budget for next year, and there is definitely a way to balance it,” Chapman said. “We’ll have to be pretty conservative and figure out some concerns with capital expenses.”

His replacement might have a steep learning curve in certain areas as few school districts have their own wastewater treatment facilities.

“Most districts don’t have to provide that,” Chapman said. “There are a few in the area, like Peaster and Brock, who do.”

Chapman has offered to continue consulting with the board, and his replacement, moving forward with PISD’s budget concerns, if needed.

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