Godley High School Principal Jason Karnes will start his new position with the district as the assistant superintendent of learning and innovation.
Karnes has been in his position for the past two years but has worked for the district since 2003. He has been in administrative positions at all of the district’s campuses over the years.
In his new position, he said he will be in charge of overseeing the district’s community-based accountability system, which keeps parents and community members updated on what’s going on with the district, keep track of school policy updates implemented by the federal and state Legislatures and other district initiatives.
Even though his office is now at the administration building, he still wishes to visit all of the campuses when possible.
“It’s a priority of mine to maintain those relationships and be visible,” he said. “I don’t want to be just a guy in an office in a land far, far away. I want to be visible out there. I want to be a resource and a help.”
He said his goal is to continue the good things happening within the district. One initiative he wishes to implement is performance assessments at Godley intermediate, middle and high schools to give students the ability to choose their learning and be responsible for their learning.
He said it was an honor to be the principal of GHS and be able to open the new campus, which opened in August.
“Amazing and exciting things going on there,” he said. “The support that I’ve gotten from [GISD Superintendent Rich Dear], the school board and the community and to be in this position, it’s humbling. I just hope to make everybody proud with the job that I do here.”
GISD Superintendent Rich Dear said they couldn’t be happier to have Karnes on the administrative team.
“As our new superintendent of learning and innovation, Jason brings his student-centered, forward-thinking approach to everything he does, and his experience as our high school principal just enhances his value,” Dear said.
Kurtis Flood will replace Karnes and start his job in mid-July.
Flood comes to the district after being the principal of Arlington Classics Academy, a public charter school. Prior to that, he was the principal of Venus Middle School for three years and an administrator at Mesquite High School for five years.
He said his goal is to help students become 21st century learners.
“I want to help them process information that’s coming their way,” he said. “With everything they see nowadays, we need to help prepare them. We are teaching kids who never know a world without a smartphone. It’s different than when we were growing up.
“I want to teach them how to collaborate together in different ways. I don’t want them to lose those soft skills.”
Dear said Flood has many strengths that will complement their team, including developing high quality school of choice programs.
“We welcome him to our district and look forward to the bright future his leadership will bring to our community,” Dear said.