The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 27, 2014

Superintendent named for EPS

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The next superintendent of Enid Public Schools is coming from Stephenville, Texas, and is expected to begin duties here June 1.

Darrell Floyd spent the last 14 years as superintendent of Stephenville ISD in Stephenville, Texas. Stephenville is about an hour’s drive southwest of Fort Worth, in north-central Texas, Floyd said.

Prior to that, he was superintendent at Linden-Kildare Schools for three years.

EPS Board of Education voted Thursday evening to hire Floyd.

Floyd complimented EPS’ commitment to excellence and the support demonstrated by the community.

“I am very excited to join Enid Public Schools and the Enid community,” Floyd said. “I am incredibly impressed with the partnerships that have been built between the district and the community to ensure more opportunities for students and for staff members. It is a great situation to step into as the next educational leader, and I look forward to more success ahead.”

That doesn’t mean he’s going to rest on the accomplishments of the past.

“It is important to build on the district’s momentum,” Floyd said. “Together, with support from the community, parents and staff, we will move forward in a way that builds on the success of the past, while focusing on even greater achievements for the future.”

Floyd’s selection completes a three-month process for the board of education. The opening drew 21 applicants who were narrowed to eight semifinalists. Five community members assisted the school board with interviews.

“Hiring Dr. Floyd builds upon the many positive changes Enid schools have seen over the last few years,” said Molly Helm, EPS board president. “Our search committee was impressed with his leadership, experience and drive for excellence, and we know he will lead Enid Public Schools to even greater things.”

Helm expressed her gratitude to community members, faculty, staff and students who participated in tours showcasing Enid’s newly renovated school facilities.

During Floyd’s 28 years in education, he has worked as teacher, coach, middle school assistant principal, junior high principal, high school principal and superintendent.

Floyd earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University, a master’s from the University of Texas-Permian Basin and a doctorate from Texas A&M-Commerce.

He is a Texas Region XI Education Service Center Superintendent of the Year and the current president of the Texas Association of School Administrators. He is a two-time American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year nominee.

Under his leadership, Stephenville ISD and its schools have earned numerous academic and extracurricular recognition, including the 2012 ACT College Readiness Award, 2013 National Enterasys Technology Exemplary School Award and 2012 3A Division 1 Texas state football championship. Several schools in his district also have been granted “Exemplary” and “Recognized” status by the Texas Department of Education accountability system.

Although a lifelong Texas resident, Floyd is no stranger to Oklahoma.

“My dad’s side of the family is all from Oklahoma,” Floyd said. “His family is scattered throughout Oklahoma.”

Floyd and his wife, Cheryl Floyd, have been married for 24 years and have two children, Brittany and Tyler, both students at Texas Tech.

Cheryl Floyd will remain in Erath County, Texas, as superintendent of Huckabay ISD.

“She’s about a year and a half away from being able to retire in Texas, and so our plan is that when she is able to retire she will join me in Enid,” Floyd said. “Then she’ll look for something in the Enid area.”

“SISD board president Dr. Ann Calahan has worked with Floyd for the past 13 years,” an article in the Stephenville Empire-Tribune reads. “She praised his ability to keep the board informed about what was happening in the district and his dedication to the community.”

“He led the board through a five-year strategic plan process and worked successfully with the community to pass a bond election that has given the community two new elementary campuses they can be proud of,” Calahan was quoted by the Empire-Tribune. “He will be missed.”

Floyd succeeds Shawn Hime, whose duties as executive director for Oklahoma State School Boards Association begin April 1. His last day with the district is Monday. Karl White, chief financial officer, will serve as interim superintendent until Floyd’s arrival.