KRUM — Mike Davis, the Krum school district superintendent, is retiring.
He announced his retirement and tendered his resignation to the school board last week. The superintendent’s last day on the job is Jan. 28.
Davis was hired as the Krum superintendent in 2008 after serving more than five years as superintendent in Alpine. At Wednesday’s board meeting, he said working in Krum has been one of the “best rides” he’s ever had.
“It’s been a pleasure working with you,” Davis told board members. “It’s been five good years. We’ve accomplished a bunch. I appreciate it. ”
Board President Phil Enis said the board will designate an interim superintendent at its Jan. 16 meeting. A search for Davis’ successor will take shape within 45 days of the interim superintendent taking office, he said.
Following Wednesday’s meeting, Enis talked of the impact Davis has made on Krum in his years with the district.
“He’s provided stability to the district in times of growth and difficult finances, and we were fortunate to have him for the five years that we had him,” Enis said.
Like districts across the state, Krum has seen major cuts in state funding since funding for public education was slashed by more than $5 billion in the last legislative session. In November 2011, the district joined a finance lawsuit seeking sufficient funding levels from the state for public education. Davis said testimony is under way in the lawsuit.
With Davis as superintendent, the district last year used $1 million in general fund reserves to construct a 10,000-square-foot central administration building and to replace the roof at Krum Middle School. The administration’s old workspace was converted to classrooms last year, adding a new wing to the middle school.
Other construction projects completed during Davis’ tenure included the fine arts auditorium, part of a 2006 bond approved by voters, and sports facilities, including a gymnasium, football complex and stadium, part of a 2007 bond voters approved. Just months after Davis’ arrival in Krum, the district opened its Early Education Center, a campus for pre-kindergarten to first-grade students, after-school care and employee child care.
The district earlier this year collaborated with the city and county to fund, design and manage construction widening FM1173 and providing a turning lane adjacent to Krum Middle School and Dodd Intermediate School.
Davis, 62, said a factor playing into his decision to retire is his eyesight.
He said he has lost one eye and has a cataract in the other.
“I still have a few things on my bucket list before I lose my eyesight that I want to do,” he said.
In his resignation letter, Davis wrote he intends to start a new chapter in his life, which will include time with his grandchildren.
“This has been one of the highlights of my career being here,” he said. “I’m going to miss these folks. They’ve been a pleasure to work with.
“I’m going to miss Krum.”
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IN OTHER ACTION
Also at Wednesday’s Krum school board meeting:
* The board changed its meeting date next month to Jan. 16.
* Krum Assistant Superintendent Cody Carroll informed the school board that the district ranked 37 in the running for a Race to the Top district competition. Krum and eight other area school districts partnered with Aubrey ISD to apply for millions of dollars in grants through the competition. On Nov. 26, the group’s application was named among the 61 finalists. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education announced 16 winners — two of which were Texas charter schools — that will share $400 million in grant money.
* Carroll also told the board that names are being gathered for potential board members for the district’s proposed Krum Education Foundation. Krum is awaiting approval from the IRS on recognizing it as a 501(c)(3) organization. A memorandum of understanding for the foundation is slated to be presented to board members Jan. 16.
* The board received a demographics study that projects 4 percent growth, or 75 students, in student enrollment for fall 2013, which would put enrollment at 1,965. “The district’s enrollment will likely eclipse 2,000, by the fall of 2014,” said Bob Templeton of Southlake-based Templeton Demographics, who presented the report. He advised the district to the watch lot supply because “lot supply could slow down housing as the district builds new homes.” Projections put enrollment at 2,341 in five years and at nearly 3,000 students within the next 10 years, Templeton said. “Long range, if the growth rate were to double between the years 2022 and 2032, it would cause the addition of about 2,300 additional housing units, which would approximately produce an additional 2,000 students, and would put the district’s enrollment total at 5,000. So long range, you could have 2,500 elementary students, 1,150 middle school students and about 1,350 high school students,” he said.
* The board unanimously approved the hiring of a kindergarten teacher and a high school science teacher.
— Britney Tabor