Former Big Sandy superintendent LISD’s top pick
Polk County Enterprise, March 2007
LIVINGSTON – The top candidate to lead the Livingston Independent School District is a familiar face to many Polk Countians.
Dr. Darrell D. Myers, who was superintendent of the Big Sandy ISD from 1999 to 2005 was named finalist for the position of Livingston ISD superintendent during Monday night’s regular meeting of the LISD Board of Trustees.
By law, the board must wait at least 21 days before officially hiring Myers.
“My wife Pattie and I are very excited to be returning to Livingston,” Myers said. “I began my teaching and coaching career at Livingston Junior High School in 1986 and still remember my time in Livingston as some of my best years in the educational career. I enjoy the people of Livingston, their culture, their attitudes, and their work ethic.
“I’ve heard so many great things about the faculty and staff at Livingston and I am looking forward to meeting with them.”
Myers is presently serving as superintendent of Bridge City ISD. While at Bridge City, he helped administer a $20 million facility bond that included completing a new service center. He also implemented programs that boosted Bridge City’s academic status with the Texas Education Agency from “acceptable” to “recognized” during his tenure.
During his years as superintendent in Big Sandy, the district was designated as “recognized” by the TEA in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 and was designated a “four-star school” by Texas Monthly magazine.
While employed as kindergarten through eighth-grade principal in Devers ISD from 1992-95, his campus went from a “low-performing” rating to “exemplary.” The educator has served on the Commission of Education’s Superintendent Advisory Committee.
A graduate of Sam Houston State University, Myers obtained his doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
In addition to his most recent experience, his 17-year career in education has included superintendent of Del Norte University in Colorado, 1996-99; principal of Big Sandy High School, 1995-96; kindergarten through sixth-grade principal in Colmesneil, 1990-92; teacher/coach in Hardin, 1988-90 and teacher/coach in Livingston, 1986-88. Myers also served as a county extension agent – agriculture at Texas A&M University, 1982-85.
The LISD board was initially scheduled to formally hire a new superintendent on April 9, but due to a conflict with the Easter holiday, will consider action during its regular meeting on April 16.