The Terrell Independent School District Board of Trustees voted in a special school board meeting on Thursday, Aug. 15 to appoint Dr. Bruce Wood as Interim Superintendent.
Wood, a Terrell Native, spent 33 years as a Terrell ISD school bus driver, teacher, administrator, and Superintendent, before retiring in 1997. He also served as Kaufman Independent School District Superintendent for seven years and retired a second time in 2006, according to a press release sent by Terrell ISD.
Wood will assume his new role on Friday, August 16 and will serve until the Board of Trustees names a new superintendent. The Board plans to begin their search for a permanent replacement after the start of the school year, according to a press release sent by Terrell ISD.
“I commend Mr. French and his leadership team for the tremendous growth and success seen across the District the past 6 years,” Wood said in a Terrell ISD press release. “I am thrilled and honored by the opportunity to join an incredible team of educators and leaders, and I look forward to serving the District as we continue to strive forward and increase student achievement.”
Wood will join the TISD leadership team alongside Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jason Gomez, and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Larry Polk. Current Terrell ISD Superintendent Micheal French, who voluntarily submitted his resignation on Monday, Aug. 5, will be reassigned to the role of Transitional Coordinator and will act as a consultant to aide a smooth transition, according to a press release sent by Terrell ISD.
Channy Ory, who holds the seat for District/Place 5 on the Terrell ISD school board, was the only dissenting vote during the school board meeting for the appointment of Dr. Bruce Wood as interim superintendent.
Ory released the following statement: “I believe the Terrell Independent School District staff and students would be better served with someone who is knowledgeable about our District and knows our vision. With the progress we have made the past few years, as evidenced by the TEA accountability ratings issued today, we cannot afford to lose our momentum. School finance and curriculum has changed the past 15 years and it is critical to the advancement of the District to have someone intimate with recent public school issues. I believe, Dr. Jason Gomez, is that person.”
Wood received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Education, and Doctor of Education from East Texas State University, now Texas A&M University-Commerce. In addition to his time in Kaufman Country school districts, Wood served as an adjunct professor for the University of North Texas, Dallas Baptist University, and Texas A&M University-Commerce. Most recently, Wood spent 8 years serving as Kaufman County Judge from 2011 to 2018, according to a press release sent by Terrell ISD.
“Dr. Wood is not only well versed in the superintendent role, he is also a longtime and faithful supporter of our students, teachers, and community.” said Dena Risinger, Terrell ISD School Board President in a Terrell ISD press release. “We are excited to welcome Dr. Wood back to Terrell ISD; we believe his leadership and expertise will be a valuable asset to the District during this season of transition. I have full confidence in our team and I firmly believe there are many great and exciting days ahead of us.”