CROSBY – Superintendent Scott Davis announced he was going to retire from education at a special called meeting last week.
At a special called meeting October 14, that began at 6:00 p.m. it has been learned that Davis — who was earning just under $1/4 M per year, like Randal O’Brien of Goose Creek CISD, slightly more than King Roy Davis of Sheldon at $223.382 and over $140,000 less than Barbers Hill ISD’s Greg Poole — was said to have asked for a salary increase. Board members at that time tabled that request for later review.
In turn, Dr. Davis announced his retirement.
He responded briefly to Star-Courier questions about this decision with: “I will be retiring from education as of June 30, 2021. There were no arguments over anything to do with audits or Dr. Moore. I am pleased that we have been able to easily work together during my time here. I have always wanted Crosby to have ever-growing success. We had to take a detour over these last few years, but because of the work and sacrifice of so many wonderful people, my sincerest hope is that Crosby can jump all the way back on track as a leader in public education in our area! I have that confidence and will always be proud of Crosby ISD for its grit, determination, and excellence.”
The meeting was almost two years to the day that a financial exigency was declared for Crosby ISD, one of statewide only thirteen districts to do so since 2012. Cost overruns, change orders and other financial miscalculations by a previous administration is seen as where the problem originated. Davis oversaw the drastic transition to slash spending, layoff staff and workers, and implement a solvency plan.
The rebuild lasted, but on Sept. 17 of last year the financial crisis was said to be resolved.
Davis’s philosophy of education might best be summarized by his summery of the school district: “Our family is proud to live in Crosby and help raise great young people! Our district represents what is good and right about education in our society. Perfect we are not, But ever-improving and committed to what is best in the lives of children we most certainly are! I am honored to serve amazing staff members at each and every level of Crosby ISD. As a school district, we will thrive in a world that puts mediocrity and comfort above success and improvement. Success and improvement takes courage, determination, and sacrifice. These words will embody how I love and lead our Crosby Family… ever forward, bravely and faithfully.”