The Lake Worth school district welcomed David Fitts this week as its new superintendent.
Fitts replaces Janice Cooper, who left the district last winter. He was selected by the school board in a unanimous vote last week. He will earn $150,000 and started Monday, though the district is closed for the July 4 holiday.
Fitts, who came from the Pewitt school district northeast of Mount Pleasant, was chosen as the lone finalist in June, and trustees had to wait 21 days before officially hiring him.
“My family and I are very excited about joining the Lake Worth team. I believe the faculty and staff of Lake Worth ISD are focused on one main objective: the excellent education of every one of our students,” Fitts said in a news release.
Since 2004, Fitts has been superintendent at Pewitt. The district went from an academically acceptable rating to a recognized rating from the state; the elementary school has an exemplary ranking and the junior high and high schools have recognized ratings.
Board President Armando Velazquez said he is “extremely pleased” to have Fitts, as Pewitt has a population and demographics similar to Lake Worth.
Cooper, the superintendent for 14 years, reached a voluntary separation agreement with the district in January after the board expressed a need for a new vision for the district.
Trustees had been unhappy with the district’s low test scores and Cooper’s performance. The district has an acceptable rating from the state, but Lake Worth High School is rated unacceptable.