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Cleveland ISD names lone finalist for superintendent

April 4, 2019

The Cleveland ISD board of trustees named Chris Trotter as its lone finalist for superintendent at a special school board meeting Wednesday night.

Trotter is currently the Chief Administrative Officer at Tomball ISD, a position he has held since 2010. The duties of the CAO is to oversee the daily administration operations of the district.

Trotter has 28 years of education experience. He beat out nearly 80 candidates that applied for the job of superintendent of one of the fastest growing school districts in the state.

“We’re excited to have Mr. Trotter come, and he’s excited to be here,” said school board president Chris Wood. “He has a lot of educational experience and experiences with a fast growing district, so we’re excited to have him.”

Trotter is a fourth-generation educator. He began his career in education in 1991 and has worked in Comal, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Denison, Hurst-Eulles-Bedfor and Birdville ISD. He has served in various roles, including a math teacher, coach, assistant principal and has been a principal in three school districts.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M University and his master’s in education from the University of North Texas.

By law, the board must wait for 21 days before voting to hire Mr. Trotter. The school board is scheduled to vote to offer a contract to Trotter on Thursday, April 25.

Trotter’s hire was necessary after current superintendent Darrell Myers announced earlier in the year that he will retire at the end of the school year.

Myers and Trotter have discussed on working together before he leaves the school district.

“It’s very critical, and they put together a plan to start the transition,” Wood said. “Mr. Trotter will kind of wind things during the 21-day period, and he will begin to talk to Dr. Myers about the best way to transition so Mr. Trotter can have all the information he needs.”

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com