Bullard ISD will start the new school year with a new leader after its superintendent was named a lone finalist at a West Texas district Monday evening.
Lubbock-Cooper ISD selected Superintendent Keith Bryant at a specially called meeting Monday. The district serves just almost 5,000 students, according to its website. Bryant has worked in Bullard for six years.
“Lubbock-Cooper ISD is pleased to be working with Mr. Bryant,” a statement from the district reads. “We have a long history of success, and we hope to continue that under his leadership. We are happy to welcome him into the Pirate family.”
Bryant said he wasn’t looking to leave Bullard, but Lubbock-Cooper is one of the few districts in the state that could pull him away.
He said the district is almost double the size of Bullard, which serves about 2,300 students, and is growing at almost 9 percent a year.
“It’s explosive growth, and it’s a great career opportunity,” Bryant said.
He is also a native West Texan and said it would be nice to be closer to family, but still the move is bittersweet.
“I’m grateful for the faith the (Bullard ISD school) board placed in me and the relationship I had with the community and parents,” he said. “It will be difficult to leave. Our kids graduated from Bullard, all three of them. It was a great district for our kids to grow up in, but at the same time it’s exciting to move to new challenges professionally.”
He said he is particularly proud of the district’s performances on standardized tests and technology initiatives.
There is a mandatory 21-day waiting period before he can be officially hired July 31. He would begin work on Aug. 1, said Sadie Shaw, coordinator of communications.
Bullard trustees also met Monday in a specially called meeting. The board voted to use a search firm to help hire an interim and final replacement.
“We are disappointed to see Keith leave,” said Tiffany Kirgan, board president. “He has been a tremendous asset to the district, but we wish him the best on his new opportunity.”
Ms. Kirgan said he board will look to find someone who aligns with the board’s vision for the district.
“The board works really hard to makes sure we have a clear vision for the district in the short and long term,” she said. “We want to make sure whoever we hire is on board with where we came from in the past and where we are going.”