Rod Reeves, the facilities and planning coordinator for Denton schools, left the district to accept a similar position with the Little Elm school district.
Reeves started work as Little Elm’s director of facilities and construction on Feb. 4. He will be overseeing the plant services department, supervise about 20 employees and oversee district construction projects coming online including a $15 million K-8 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy, slated to open in The Colony in 2015, said district spokeswoman Julie Zwahr.
Little Elm school officials said in a news release that Reeves was hired for the newly created position in December.
Reeves comes from a family that has strong education ties to Denton.
His father, Vernon L. Reeves, retired from the school district as an educator and coach. His mother, Anita Reeves, is a physical education teacher at Houston Elementary School, where she has worked since the school opened.
His two brothers also are educators.
“It was just appealing to me that this was a fast-growth district,” Rod Reeves said of his new role. “It just seemed like an opportunity to grow professionally, and I’m excited about doing that.”
Reeves said his role in Denton, also a fast-growth district, gave him an “opportunity to grow and learn.” Reeves said he learned a lot about planning while in Denton and he intends to take those lessons into his new role.
He said he’s looking forward to the upcoming STEM Academy project in Little Elm.
Reeves served as Denton ISD’s facilities and planning coordinator for the past six years.
Denton Superintendent Jamie Wilson said Reeves worked with the district’s bond planning committee in establishing the 2007 bond referendum.
He also worked with the bond oversight committee, and he was involved the district’s land acquisition projects and attendance boundary adjustments. Reeves completed a facilities assessment on every Denton campus, which helps the district plan with future assessment needs, Wilson said.
“Rod will be greatly missed in our district as he brings a professional expertise in planning and facility assessment, so we wish him the best, and it’s a great opportunity for him and his future,” Wilson said.
The district will determine whether to replace Reeves’ position during budget discussions later this school year, Wilson said.
“Until then, we’re all picking up extra duties,” he said.
A certified architect, Reeves worked 10 years at Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio, where he did building projects in the Argyle and Denton school districts. Also a certified teacher, Reeves taught at Denton High School and the LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex for three years.
He has a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s degree in architecture and historic preservation, both from Texas Tech University.
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