Ledbetter is a Carroll ISD graduate and has been the superintendent at Midlothian ISD since 2015. He will begin a 21-day waiting period before he is hired.
If hired, Ledbetter will replace interim Superintendent Jeremy Lyon, who stepped in during the hiring process to run the district following the announced retirement of former Superintendent David Faltys.
“You think about Carroll ISD, and the reputation out there for this district is tremendous," Ledbetter said. "It's the community and school district that really set the foundation for me growing up. To get the opportunity to truly come back and be a part of that and to help serve the students, staff and community by continuing that tradition of excellence ... I cannot be more thankful.”
The superintendent search was conducted by Thompson and Horton LLP. A total of 45 candidate applications were received from across 10 states.
“The road to selecting our finalists has been extensive and included gathering stakeholder input from parents, staff, community members and students," CISD board President Michelle Moore said. "The process included focus groups, an online survey and of course public testimony throughout the process."
A Carroll ISD graduate, Ledbetter attended Baylor University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in education. He also earned his Master of Science in education from the University of North Texas and a doctorate in educational administration from Baylor University in 2004.
Prior to serving as superintendent for Midlothian ISD, Ledbetter worked as a teacher and coach in Lake Travis ISD, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and Carroll ISD. He then worked for 13 years as a secondary principal and administrator of virtual education in Birdville ISD before shifting to assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction from 2009-12. In addition, Ledbetter served as the Graham ISD superintendent from 2012-15.
A Dec. 11 meeting is scheduled for a board vote on Ledbetter's hiring following staff and public feedback.
The announcement of the new superintendent comes amid a districtwide debate around the Comprehensive Cultural Action Plan. On Nov. 16, Moore said action on the CCAP would be on hold until a new superintendent would be hired.
“At this point, we added the new [subcommittee] members. We want to make some progress, [and] we've been hearing a lot about what concerns the community regarding that plan,” she said.