The Aledo ISD Board of Trustees voted to extend the contract of Dr. Derek Citty as superintendent at its most recent meeting.
Citty, who has been with the school district almost two years, had his contract extended to June 30, 2018. He began working in Aledo on July 1, 2013 after nearly two decades in Southlake Carroll ISD.
"I appreciate the confidence the board shows in me," Citty said. "I want to be an effective part of the school district, not just the superintendent. I grew up in southeast Oklahoma, a rural place. This community has a similar nature, a lot of family values."
Citty also received a salary bump to $166,200, effective July 1. It's an increase of about 3.5 percent for each of the two years he will have been here on that date, said Aledo Board President Jay Stringer.
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"Dr. Citty is doing a great job; his thoroughness, looking at education programs,” Stringer said. “He has done extremely in implementing House Bill 5.”
House Bill 5, passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013, made substantial changes to the state's curriculum and graduation requirements, assessment program and accountability system.
Citty has endeared himself to the Aledo community, something that began even before he actually started work, Stringer said.
"Thirty days before he started working for the district, he was coming out, immersing himself in the community," Stringer said. "He's not just somebody who sits behind a desk."
Citty said among his goals are holding onto the values that made Aledo strong no matter how big the town and school district grow, continue to grow the district's success academically and focus more on teacher's salaries.
"We need to see what we can do to put our teachers in a more comfortable position compensation-wise," he said.
▪ New Science Specialist
The board also hired Michelle Yates to fill the newly created Science Specialist position. She was chosen from among a dozen candidates. Her anticipated start date is July 1.
Yates has 20 years experience in public school education. This includes serving six years as elementary science specialist at Coder. She has taught science to students in grades K-8, and has a masters of education degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on physics.
Among her credits, she has served as an instructor for the Texas Education Agency Statewide Science Academy Initiative, offering professional development to her peers. She also has extensive experience securing grants, having led the charge to get approximately $50,000 to promote science and technology in the Aledo ISD.
Her awards include the 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2007 Texas Medical Association Butler Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, 2012 Marva Collins Aledo ISD Teacher of the Year, and the 2013 Region 11 Teacher of the Year.
"We have a lot of confidence in Michelle," Citty said. "She is really going to help us move forward."
Bob Harmon, McNally Intermediate School Principal, wrote of Yates in a memo to the board of trustees, "She is as good of a teacher as everyone has said. I was in her class today and she was making sixth-grade students think at a level I have not seen."
Yates' promotion comes on the heels of Aledo Middle School’s Debbie Mantooth promotion to Math Instructional Specialist.