Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress
The local school board on Friday voted to name interim Troup ISD Superinten-dent Stuart Bird the lone finalist for a position vacated earlier this year by Dr. Marvin Beaty, who left to become superintendent of Bonham ISD.
According to Bird, the law requires that a school board wait 21 days after naming a lone finalist before offering that person a position.
Bird, 64, has ties to the community through his wife, Sharon, a THS graduate and the daughter of Weldon and Trudy Shaw, who owned the local Piggly Wiggly grocery store for 45 years.
“The fact that it's Troup, and that it's home for us,” spurred his decision to apply for the position, he said. “It seemed like a natural thing to do, it's just a good fit.”
Bird received both a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's in music education and education administration from Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La.
He served as band director for 10 years in his hometown of Many, La., then was hired by Carthage ISD as its band director, a position he held for 10 years. Bird then served as high school principal for 10 years in Carthage before accepting a principal's position in Jacksonville.
In 2001, he was named JISD Superintendent, a position he held for seven years before retiring in 2009.
Over the past several years, Bird has done educational consulting at area schools and briefly taught band at Frankston ISD while the school sought a new director.
“I never got very far away from the school business, I just love it,” he said. “I'm still very passionate about it, and I've had a lot of fun with it. I enjoy the kids and the teachers, and the challenge of it all.”