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Carroll superintendent to get free housing

SOUTHLAKE -- Carroll schools Superintendent David Faltys will get free housing provided by the school district after other school districts tried to poach him.

School board members want to keep Faltys as the leader of the 7,900-student school district, which holds the highest rating under the state's four-tier academic accountability system.

Faltys has been approached about open superintendent positions, so the board agreed to modify his current four-year contract at a special meeting Friday.

The school board has not decided whether the plan will mean that the school system will buy a house in the Carroll district, where the average home value is $462,156, according to the Tarrant Appraisal District. The contract changes must be reviewed by lawyers, said Erin Shoupp, school board president.

"We do not have all those details worked out," Shoupp said. "We are concerned with ensuring we had consistency in our leadership position. We've stated that this is a benefit we are willing to provide. We need to review how this benefit will be delivered."

Faltys, who said he has no plans to leave Carroll, said in-district housing will be a great benefit for his family and future superintendents.

"It is absolutely a huge vote of confidence," Faltys said.

Other perks

Trustees voted 6-1 to change Faltys' contract after meeting for several hours behind closed doors. Trustee Bernie Ausdenmoore voted against the change, saying he supports taking measures to retain Faltys but disagrees with providing in-district housing.

Faltys' contract includes a $5,000 annual housing allowance as an encouragement to interact with the community. The superintendent is expected to live in the district, but that is not a requirement, officials said.

School board members increased Faltys' salary in November to $200,000 from $180,000 after an annual evaluation. His contract expires June 30, 2012, and includes a monthly $600 car allowance and a $150 communications allowance for cellphone and home Internet expenses.

About 90 Texas school districts provide housing for their superintendents, according to the Texas Association of School Boards, a Carroll news release said.

Sometimes districts, particularly in rural areas where there is a lack of housing, own houses and use them for teachers as an incentive to come to the district, said Paul Whitton Jr., associate executive director of the Texas Association of School Administrators.

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David Faltys, 44

Occupation: Superintendent, Carroll school district

Experience: Hired as Carroll superintendent in December 2005 after serving as superintendent of the Navasota school district near Bryan-College Station; joined that district in 1999 as a principal. Faltys succeeded Gary S. Mathews Education: Studied engineering geology at Abilene Christian University from 1982 to 1983; bachelor's of science in education from Texas A&M University in 1987; master's degree in education administration from Texas A&M University in 1999; doctorate in education from Texas A&M.

Family: Wife, Jennifer; two sons and two daughters Area superintendent salaries

Melody Johnson, Fort Worth school district, $324,450

Kay Waggoner, Grapevine-Colleyville school district $210,350

Karen Rue, Northwest school district, $207,312

James Veitenheimer, Keller school district, $205,000

Source: Star-Telegram archives Jessamy Brown, 817-685-3876

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