After leading the Carroll Independent School District for more than 15 years, Superintendent Dr. David J. Faltys announced today his plans to retire effective January 4, 2021.
“It has been a tremendous honor to serve this district as Superintendent, and I want to thank the community for caring for our family and especially my kids,” said Faltys. “From State Championships and New York Jazz competitions to Harvard Debate and America’s Got Talent… I have loved every minute.”
Faltys said he originally planned to announce his retirement right after spring break for an August departure, but then the COVID-19 pandemic forced emergency school closures and educators had to pivot to remote learning. Instead, he agreed to stay and lead CISD through the reopening of school for the 2020-2021 school year. On August 24, Carroll ISD will open for in-person instruction and simultaneously launch the Dragon Virtual Academy.
“It’s been a hard year and it didn’t seem right to step away before the new year started,” said Faltys. “We have amazing teachers, administrators, and support staff. They have been working diligently to create a safe and caring environment for our students whether they are learning in-person or virtually. It’s time to lean in to this next phase of leadership.”
The Carroll School Board will discuss the Superintendent’s intent to retire at their August 17 meeting and are expected to share their plans to hire a search firm to assist with finding a replacement. Dr. Faltys will remain in his leadership role through the search and transition period but is likely to leave the district in the hands of a new leader before the calendar year ends.
“We have amazing kids here that help us to be a phenomenal district,” Faltys added. “I am proud of the achievements our kids have accomplished during my tenure. I want to finish my time here knowing this community came together during a difficult time to support one another and show the world what it means to be a Carroll Dragon.”
During his tenure. Dr. Faltys led Carroll ISD through three successful Bond programs, rejuvenated the district’s financial reserves and advanced technology district-wide. Over the past 15 years, Carroll approved the district’s first Mandarin Chinese program, significantly lowered the local tax rate, refinanced bonds to save taxpayers millions, and earned accolades for sound fiscal management. Under Dr. Faltys’ leadership, CISD started the Carroll Medical Academy, created a Student Services division, and implemented the district’s first STEM program to promote science, technology, engineering, and math.
Other notable accomplishments under his guidance include the formation of the Carroll Leadership Academy for Supporting Success (CLASS) and the implementation of the district’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values. The district has consistently earned College Board AP District Honor Roll Awards and UIL Lone Star Cups for academic, athletic, and fine arts success in Texas.
In 2013, Dr. Faltys was nominated by his School Board and won Southlake Citizen of the Year. In 2010, he was named Region XI Superintendent of the Year. In 2009, Carroll ISD was named the Corporate Business of the Year by the Southlake Area Chamber of Commerce. Faltys was also recognized by Southlake Style magazine with the Community Impact Award in 2017.
Upon retirement, Dr. Faltys will have completed 33 years of service to public education. “It’s been a great ride, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” he says smiling. “Educators spend so much time taking care of other people’s children in our care. I’m really looking forward to spending some quality time with my family.”