KRUM — The Krum school district has a new superintendent after the school board voted unanimously this week to officially hire Cody Carroll.
Since January, Carroll has served as the district’s interim superintendent. In just less than a year with the district, Carroll has moved up to its highest administrative position. He joined the Krum district as its assistant superintendent last July.
Carroll succeeds Mike Davis, who retired in January after nearly five years in Krum.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity that this presents,” Carroll said. “I definitely want to protect the history that Krum has had and the things that so many people here are proud of. It’s exciting to be able to be a part of pushing the future as we take on new challenges and things that will be presented, so I think it’s a great opportunity.”
Carroll said he intends to name an assistant superintendent by next month.
The school board extended Carroll’s contract through June 30, 2016. According to the contract, Carroll will receive an a minimum annual salary of $135,000 the first year and the board will “determine whether increases are warranted by performance, longevity and general economic conditions.” The contract also states Carroll will receive two weeks of vacation per school year.
Carroll, 45, was one of five applicants for the position, according to district officials.
Board President Phil Enis said several factors made Carroll “the person for the job.”
“We felt that he shared our philosophy as well as the similar philosophy to Mr. Davis, who we worked very well with,” Enis said. “He was highly recommended by Mr. Davis, and we felt very comfortable with all those factors — there wasn’t really any doubt.”
In January, the board was contemplating the process it would take in selecting its next superintendent, and at the time Enis said it was the board’s intent to name a superintendent by May, but the process could stretch into June or July. He said it’s nice to have the process completed ahead of schedule.
“Going through the wide search and all the interviews, you may find someone who looks good on paper, but you end up with them and not be happy,” he said. “With the opportunity that we had to hire Mr. Carroll and already be familiar with him and know what we were going to have to work with, it’s very nice to have that done and not have it stretch into the summer.”
The district’s fiscal year begins July 1, and there is a lot of work to do before then, Enis said. Carroll can be involved in that process earlier, and that is good for the district, he said.
Carroll started his education career in 1992 as a junior high school football coach in Slaton. Throughout his career, he’s served as a high school defensive coordinator, head football coach and high school principal. Prior to coming to Krum, he served five years as superintendent with the Meadow school district, about 30 miles southwest of Lubbock.
Carroll earned a bachelor’s degree in math with a minor in biology from Angelo State University, a master’s degree in education from Lubbock Christian University, and he completed his superintendent certification at Texas Tech University.
Since his arrival in Krum, district officials said Carroll has been involved in finalizing construction projects, participating in the organizational committee for the Krum Education Foundation, reviewing curriculum and determining changes that align with state standardized exams, overseeing human resources and personnel and working with growth planning for the district’s future.
Carroll said that what’s prepared him for the role as Krum superintendent is the time he’s had in the community prior to becoming superintendent, which gave him time to become involved in the community, get to know the staff, some students and “see how things work” before he had to start making district decisions.
“The experience of moving into the superintendent role is nothing new in the job itself,” he said. “What’s new is getting involved in the community, getting to know this board, and ... the time that I’ve been able to do that under Mr. Davis’ tutelage has been very beneficial and made the transition a whole lot smoother.”
BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.