Aledo ISD welcomes new superintendent

Posted Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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After being named lone finalist May 28, the Aledo ISD Board of Trustees approved Dr. Derek Citty last week to take over for retiring superintendent Dan Manning.

Citty officially begins work July 1 though he did meet with staff and the community before school let out after being named finalist, Aledo ISD board president Jay Stringer said.

“Once we named him lone finalist May 28, the first thing Dr. Citty did was call me...he wanted to get on campus and meet people before summer,” Stringer said. “Current staff and Manning didn’t have a problem with that and the board thought it was a great idea so he was visible, shaking hands and meeting with people. He’s hit the ground running.”

Stringer said hiring a superintendent is one of the most important decisions a board can make and that he thinks they “hit a grand slam” with Citty.

“I communicated when I was put in president’s seat back in May, I said this is the No. 1 decision we make and we’ll either strike out on this decision or we’ll hit a grand slam,” he said. “I think we’ve hit a grand slam with our choice.”

Citty spent the past 19 years in Carroll ISD - the past 12 as assistant superintendent for administrative services - and brings 29 years of educational experience as a teacher/coach, campus administrator, personnel director, adjunct professor and an assistant superintendent to Aledo.

“I believe in lifelong learning, broad-based communication, a commitment to excellence and a positive approach to problem-solving,” Citty said in a release.

Stringer said a three-member committee of board members was formed after Citty was named lone finalist and that they traveled to Carroll ISD to visit with their superintendent, David Faltys, and several others about Citty and his impact on the district.

“I felt real comfortable about the person we chose as a person of interest after that visit,” Stringer said. “Ultimately, we came back and reported to the whole board and we had the mandatory 21-day waiting period and on June 18, we had that special meeting to vote and he was hired.”

Citty received his bachelors degree in biology in 1984, and his master’s degree in school administration in 1988 from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He completed his Doctorate in Educational Administration from Texas A & M – Commerce.

Citty began his teaching career in the Durant Oklahoma Public Schools as a science teacher and coach for four years. He also taught and coached at Liberty-Eylau High School in Texarkana, from 1988-1990. He moved from teaching into administration as an assistant principal in Pleasant Grove ISD in 1990 before moving to Carroll ISD in 1994.

While in Carroll ISD, Citty was hired as an assistant principal, and was later promoted to the director of Administrative Services, where he served for three years.

Stringer said Citty is moving to Aledo soon and is “ready to become part of the community.”

Melissa Winn, 817-594-9902, Ext. 104 Twitter: @scoopmdw3701

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