Boyd ISD’s West named lone finalist at Electra

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Wise County’s longest tenured superintendent is heading west.

Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West Monday night was named the lone finalist for the same position at Electra ISD, a 2A school district near Wichita Falls. After the 21-day waiting period, West will be offered a contract for the job in his new district May 20.

Ted West

West has been the superintendent at Boyd since September 2012. West has been with the district 12 years, serving as the high school principal and assistant superintendent prior to being named superintendent.
He notified the faculty Tuesday of the move.

“I have mixed emotions. I’ve been here 12 years and being a small community over 12 years you get to know just about everyone,” West said. “But my wife and I felt this was the best thing for our family right now.

“I was in Chillicothe for a number of years, so I’m familiar with the area. That was something that appealed to me, an opportunity to get out that direction with not too many more years until retirement.”

West has been superintendent as Boyd ISD started seeing an increase in enrollment. The district’s enrollment is projected to soar in the coming years as the Spring Hill South and other housing developments are built out.

“Boyd is in transition as a growing school district. We’re starting to see that growth and we’ve been able to manage it, while providing a quality education,” West said.

As the assistant superintendent under Greg Stone, West provided oversight on the construction of Boyd High School. He also guided the district during changing financial dynamics. The district has been a Chapter 41 district due to mineral values and at one point had to send the state hundreds of thousands for recapture.

In recent years, those mineral values have plummeted and the district had to make adjustments. The district also saw the loss of the additional state aid for tax reduction.

When he was named lone finalist in 2012, West became the district’s fourth superintendent in seven years.
“One of the things we’ve been able to do is provide stability to the district,” West said. “Boyd got the reputation of having a revolving door. We were able to bring some consistency.”

West will work through the remainder of the school year and transition into his new role in June. He said he plans to resign closer to his hire date in Electra.

The Boyd ISD school board will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Friday to discuss the superintendent role.

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