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Boyd Superintendent receives extension

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West will remain in the top post in the district through the 2020-21 school year after receiving a contract extension Thursday night.

Ted West

Boyd ISD trustees voted unanimously to extend West’s current two-year contract by one year after a positive evaluation. The new contract will run through June 30, 2021.

Compensation was not addressed at the meeting. West’s current contract pays him $100,000 annually.

“As a district we’re happy with the job he’s doing,” said Boyd School Board President Bill Childress. “We know he works hard and puts a lot of effort into improving our district and leading us. That’s a reflection of the contract extension.”

West has been with the district 11 years, serving as the high school principal and assistant superintendent prior to being named superintendent in September 2012.

West, who is the second-longest tenured superintendent in Wise County, expressed optimism on moving forward with the district.

“We’re at a crossroads here at Boyd. We’re starting to see some of the growth coming,” West said. “We feel like we are in a really good position. We have great teachers and great students. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished, yet we’re not satisfied with it. We think there are a lot more great things coming for all of our campuses and district. The growth we are about to experience is exciting because of what that’s going to mean in programs and new opportunities for our students.”

In West’s evaluation, the board looked at a wide range of items.

“We took into account the district goals that we set earlier that were based on finance, facilities and personnel goals,” Childress said.

Childress added that the district as a whole is moving in the right direction.

“We’ve done a good job,” he said. “A few years back we had a little downfall in our grades. We’ve done a good job of turning that around. Our scores are improving. Our extracurricular activities have more participation. We’ve increased our fund balance. Overall our district I feel is strong.

“We’re doing a good job with taxpayers’ money, and we’re providing a solid education for the kids of this community. But like with anything else, we still have a lot of room for improvement.”

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