TYLER – A former Troup educator recently was tapped by Tyler ISD to be its interim assistant superintendent as it searches for a more permanent replacement.
Stuart Bird, who retired in 2018 after serving a six-year stint as superintendent of Troup ISD schools, was hired during an Oct. 21 Tyler school board meeting.
Tyler ISD superintendent “Dr. (Marty) Crawford and I have a pretty long history,” Bird said. “His dad was my superintendent in Carthage, and I taught Dr. Crawford in sixth grade, so we've been friends a long time.”
When Rawly Sanchez's resignation – made earlier this month without explanation – created a void in the Tyler ISD administrative team, Crawford “needed somebody out there, and he called me,” Bird said.
Bird initially retired with 40 years' service when he left the Jacksonville school district nearly a decade ago, but things worked out differently than expected, he said.
“I intended to retire, but couldn't quit,” he laughed, adding that he is “glad I can do this for (Tyler ISD).”
Bird began his new position last week, and oversees 30 principals, “assisting them in any way I can so they can be successful,” he explained.
For now, “I'm going to learn my way around the district and its 30 campuses. I really consider myself working for them, it has been really fun so far, and what I have discovered has been great,” he said. “Tyler ISD has got some great people, and I sure have been impressed with the people I've met.”
He said it is his understanding that his new role is a short-term one, lasting through the end of the current school year, allowing Tyler school board members an opportunity to hire someone more permanently.
“I think right after the first of the year, they'll start looking,” Bird said.