Little Elm ISD recently announced changes to its personnel, including the addition of a director who brings more than 30 years’ experience to the district.

Rick Martin was named the executive director for construction and operations for Little Elm ISD. Martin spent the last five and a half years with Dallas ISD as a project manager and with bond construction services. During his time at DISD, he was responsible for overseeing 80 or more construction projects that included new schools and additions to existing schools. Recently, he was part of the innovation and transformation team that developed DISD’s CityLab High School, a five-story transformation campus in Downtown Dallas.

“I am looking forward to the slower pace Little Elm ISD has to offer while remaining hands-on with the development of future construction projects in this district,” Martin said.

Before DISD, Martin spent three and a half years at Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD where he was responsible for the building of a new Career and Technology Center, high school and elementary school. Prior to public education, Martin spent more than 30 years managing all aspects of project development, design/programming, construction and renovation, for extended-stay and limited service hotels with major U.S. hotel companies.

Grant Anderson, associate superintendent and CFO, said Martin will be overseeing the construction of the two new middle schools and other capital projects.

“He has an extremely high level of knowledge in every aspect of construction of schools and facilities. Adding him to our construction team is going to strengthen what we already have in place,” Anderson said.

Little Elm ISD also recently promoted Doug Sevier as the district’s director for curriculum and learning. He spent the last two years as principal at Chavez Elementary.

Prior to Little Elm ISD, Sevier was the principal at Northbrook Elementary in Eagle-Mountain Saginaw ISD and has a combined 12 years of serving as a principal also at EMSISD and Irving ISD.

Under his leadership in Irving, he and his staff received the Points of Light Award in 2013 from the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence for improving student success. As a director for curriculum and learning, Sevier will lead district curriculum coordinators for the ongoing development of existing curriculum.

“Doug is a great addition to educational services. He brings strong leadership and extensive knowledge and background in curriculum and learning,” said Daniel Gallagher, superintendent of schools of Little Elm ISD. “We are extremely excited to have him serve in his new role.”

Sevier will serve under educational services and help support all campuses.

“Mr. Sevier has been a dedicated and progressive leader during his time at Chavez Elementary and will be a great support for each teacher at every campus. His leadership will be an influence in every classroom,” said Ashley Glover, executive director for educational services.

Sevier will assume his new role as director for the 2018-19 school year.

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