RED OAK — Almost six months has passed since Allen ISD swooped in and plucked the leading man from the Red Oak ISD administration nest.
The search for the next ROISD superintendent concluded Monday evening when the Red Oak ISD Board of Trustees named Dr. Michael Goddard as the lone finalist to replace Dr. Scott Niven.
The appointment came during a regular session of the trustees Monday, April 24 and, by state law, the district must wait 21 days before officially offering Goddard a contract. Goddard, who has served for the last seven years as the assistant superintendent of business and operations for Prosper ISD, will technically fill the role held by interim ROISD Superintendent Alan Oakley. The latter moved into the temporary position following Allen ISD naming Niven its lone finalist Nov. 7.
"I would like to thank the Red Oak ISD Board of Trustees for their hard work and dedication as we completed this process with the assistance of the search firm of Horn Education Consulting. The input from staff and the community was sincerely appreciated," ROISD Board President Henry Lozano stated. "We are excited to welcome Dr. Goddard and his family to Red Oak as we start a new chapter and continue moving forward."
According to an announcement issued by ROISD, Goddard and his wife, Dena, have one son, Brock, who is a freshman at Oklahoma Baptist University. Goddard holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Stephen F. Austin University, a master's degree in education and a doctorate in higher education from the University of North Texas.
As Lozano has previously pointed out, part of moving forward for the district is tied to an upcoming vote on a proposed $74 million bond. The ROISD Board of Trustees approved the bond suggested by the 51-member ROISD Growth Management Committee during its Feb. 13 meeting.
As previously reported by the Daily Light, roughly 60 percent of the bond would be used to construct a second junior high on the west side of Interstate-35E. The remainder would be used to add a CTE wing to the current Red Oak High School, address issues with restrooms, concession stands and ADA requirements at Billy Goodloe Stadium, as well as fix several aspects of classroom revolution ideas and safety standards.
According to ROISD Executive Director of Communications Helen Williams, the district administration has held two town halls and over 30 meetings in the lead up to polls opening Monday, April 24 for the early voting period.
“We just want to get the word out about the facts. We are not trying to be persuasive,” interim ROISD Superintendent Alan Oakley previously told the Daily Light. “We are committed to what we believe but, legally, we have to be careful with how persuasive we appear. We are just getting the word out. [...] Bonds are complicated. They are complicated for the novice or professional alike. People just need information, and we want informed voters.”
The early voting period runs April 24–May from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. except on April 29 (10 a.m. - 7 p.m.) and April 30 (closed). Those living within ROISD can cast a ballot at any of three locations: Red Oak ISD Education Service Center, located at 109 West Red Oak Road, Shields Elementary School, located at 223 W. Ovilla Road in Glenn Heights, or Red Oak High School, located at 220 South SH 342. On Election Day, May 6, polls will be open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. at Red Oak ISD Education Service Center (Precincts 142, 143, 145, 146 and 147) and Oak Leaf Municipal Building, located at 301 Locust Drive in Oak Leaf (Precincts 108, 109, 110 and 144).
For more information on the proposed bond, which includes fact sheets, videos, and recorded question-and-answer sessions, visit redoakisd.org.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith