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Trustees accept West’s resignation

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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Two weeks after Ted West was named the lone finalist for the superintendent job at Electra ISD, he tendered his resignation to Boyd ISD trustees Monday night.

West is expected to sign a contract at Electra Monday. He said he will remain in Boyd until June 14.

Trustees accepted West’s resignation after a closed session Monday. Boyd School Board President Bill Childress expressed gratitude for West’s long tenure with the district. He had been with the district for 12 years, taking over as superintendent in September 2012.

“He’s been here a long time. He’s filled a lot of roles and meant a lot to our district, schools and community,” Childress said. “He’s lived here, worked here and been a part of [the community]. We certainly appreciate his services and the work he’s done and wish him nothing but the best moving forward.

“Unfortunately, what’s done is done, and now is our time to keep leading this district and go and find the next person to lead us through.”

The board is expected to meet again the first week of June to discuss options moving forward, including possibly hiring an interim and how the search will be conducted – by the board or hiring a search firm.

“We’re trying to get our ducks in a row,” Childress said. “We’re working on making sure we understand the process of doing a superintendent search. We want to ensure we put the things in place to help us maintain while we’re doing the superintendent search, and we have the ability to do our due diligence to get the right person in here to help lead our district going forward. Our main focus at this point is getting the foundation to build upon to do this search.”

Childress will continue to lead the board during the search for the new superintendent after his fellow trustees reappointed him as president Monday. Kyle Erwin was named vice president and Trae Luttrell board secretary.

Childress has been school board president since November 2017. He’s in his third term on the board.

“I’m glad the rest of this board has confidence in me,” Childress said. “I’m happy they put me in this position and am happy to lead them if that is what they want.

In other business, trustees extended contracts to teachers Becky Sanders, Cortnie Bryan and Laura McIntire. They accepted the resignations of high school assistant principal Kyle Holton, band director Josh McDaniel and teachers Charlotte Manning and Jessica Walls.

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