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Paris Independent School District Superintendent Paul Trull will retire at the end of this month.
“I’m ready,” he said. “We have good people in place who can handle things.”
Trull issued his resignation, effective Feb. 28, to the board following an hour-long closed session Monday.
“I have been blessed to have worked with a wonderful board and staff, and it’s a good feeling to know that they have worked long and hard to make PISD the district that it is today,” Trull wrote in his letter. “I appreciate the board of trustees for giving me the opportunity to have served our students, faculty and staff and community. I wish each of you and this district the very best. I will always be a Wildcat!”
Dr. Bert Strom, the board vice president, made a motion to accept Trull’s retirement letter, which was seconded by Rickey Richardson. The motion passed unanimously.
“Thank you for all you’ve done for the district,” board President George Fisher said. “We pray your life will be long and you’ll enjoy your retirement.”
“And those grandkids,” Trull added.
The board hasn’t quite found a replacement yet, although it has narrowed its selection down to three candidates. An announcement on the lone finalist was expected Monday, but scheduling conflicts has extended the process, which Fisher said should wrap up “soon.”
“There’s no discussion tonight,” Fisher said. “The process is still going.”
Earlier in the meeting, the board issued a proclamation honoring Trull’s 44 years in education, 31 of which were with Paris ISD – including 12 years as superintendent.
The proclamation, read by board Secretary Becki Norment, credits Trull as instrumental in implementing the Public Education Information Management System, curriculum alignment, technology integration, discipline management and the Paris High School 4.0 grade system. It also praises his work for “student equity and taxpayer fairness, testifying before both House and Senate Education Committees for the past two legislative sessions and…serving as a regional director of the Equity Center, Austin.”
“Paul Trull is honored by the Paris Independent School District board of trustees with sincere appreciation for his years of service and for his efforts in pursuit of excellence for the district and for students across the state of Texas,” Norment read.
Fisher also presented the superintendent with a plaque and said he hoped Trull enjoyed his retirement.
“I don’t really know what to say but thank you,” Trull said.
Strom called him a “great advocate” for school and the community.
“I can’t echo that enough,” said Richardson. “I appreciate you and all you’ve done. It’s undeniable.”
“You are an outstanding man,” Regina Ellis Williams said. “Thank you for all you’ve done.”