By Alicia Neaves
ALPINE - The Alpine School District is searching for a new superintendent. In the meantime, they've selected someone who knows the school district very well.
On Monday, a member of the Alpine ISD family was voted as Interim Superintendent. Although it will only be a short while in the position, Mr. Darrell Dodds says he's excited for what the future brings.
"The board voted to put me as interim so I started Monday night and here we are at Friday," Dodds said.
Former Alpine Superintendent, Steve White, announced his retirement back in December.
Dodds has been with the district for 13 years and didn't see this selection for interim coming. He currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations as well. Two big hats to wear until a new superintendent is selected.
"Right now, the superintendent hat is taking over just a little bit," Dodds said.
Dodds already made it a point to visit each school, keeping them up-to-date on the superintendent selection process, while keeping the kids focused on the upcoming STAAR Test.
"Previous years, you've seen that Alpine ISD does pretty much lead the region in test scores and different things like that. It's all coming back to the staff in this school district," Dodds said.
Dodds says he will return to his Director of Finance roll once the interview process is over and leave the new superintendent to take the throne.
"To be in a small school, you have more of a family-type atmosphere. It's a great family to be in," Dodds said.