Tomball ISD’s Chris Trotter named lone finalist in Cleveland ISD superintendent search

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Tomball ISD Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora announced April 8 the district’s Chief Administrative Officer Chris Trotter has been named the lone finalist in Cleveland ISD’s superintendent search.

“Chris exemplifies Team Tomball,” Salazar-Zamora said during the April 8 board of trustees workshop. “You have left a mark in this district. You will always be a part of team Tomball. We are so proud of what you are going to go and do and accomplish in your district. Never forget that this is still home.”

Trotter has worked at TISD for nine years under the direction of three different superintendents, Salazar-Zamora said.

“Nine years ago and two weeks to this day, we moved to Tomball and started a career here. I consider everybody in this room family—part of my extended family,” Trotter said during the workshop. “I look forward to the new endeavor.”

According to the Texas Association of School Boards, the Cleveland ISD board of trustees voted April 3 to name Trotter as the lone finalist. The board of trustees will vote whether to hire Trotter during an April 25 meeting, according to the district’s superintendent search timeline.

Cleveland ISD is located east of Conroe. The district enrolled 4,716 students in the 2016-17 school year, according to the Texas Education Agency.

Like Tomball ISD, Cleveland ISD is considered a fast-growth district by the Fast Growth School Coalition, as both districts have seen enrollment growth of more than 10 percent over the last five years.

“Chris, you’ve been great for the district,” board President Mark Lewandowski said during the workshop. “One of your dreams has always been to be a superintendent. I’m glad you’re able to fulfill that dream. We will miss you, and thank you for all you’ve done for Tomball ISD.”

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Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.
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