Crawford named Superintendent of Tyler I.S.D.

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 6:42pm

Marty Crawford is looking for a new start as Tyler ISD's new superintendent. He brings with him a history of challenges that can never be forgotten. During his time as a superintendent in Central Texas, a fertilizer plant explosion shook the entire town.

Crawford was left with the aftermath, and with the help of the community, was able to step up and get the schools up and running.

"It's a story of resiliency in overcoming the tragedy that happened on April 17th, 2013 and the community's been through a lot, the school districts been through a lot, and just had an awesome experience in west, especially the last 16 or 17 months because of the resiliency that the community showed," Crawford said.

He says his focus remained on the students in West.

Crawford added, "You really want to get back to your core mission when you're faced with an immense challenge like that.. and that our core mission in education are the students."

Maintaining a student-oriented focus is what Crawford intends to bring to the Tyler ISD.

"Regardless of what the challenge may be in public education, whether it be academic performance, whether it be a tragedy such as what we had in West, I think that if you get back to your core mission then things wind up taking care of themselves, and I think that's the biggest thing that I'll be able to pull for the rest of my career," said Crawford.  

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