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After 44 years of service, Superintendent Singley retires due to health issues

Superintendent Jack Singley
 In a letter presented to Irving ISD Board of Trustees President Jerry Christian on March 23, Superintendent Jack Singley announced his resignation and retirement following 44 years of service in public education, all within Irving ISD.
Singley joined Irving ISD in 1965 as math teacher at MacArthur High School. From 1965 to 1988 he served as teacher, principal, personnel director, and assistant superintendent for administration. He was appointed Superintendent of Schools in October 1988 and is one of the longest-serving school superintendents in Texas.
Since Singley became superintendent, eight schools have been added to the district: Gilbert Elementary School, Townsell Elementary School, Stipes Elementary School, de Zavala Middle School, The Academy of Irving ISD, Clifton Early Childhood School, Kinkeade Early Childhood School, and Pierce Early Childhood School.
During Singley’s tenure, the district has increased from 2,308 employees in 1988 to more than 4,177. Peak enrollment has grown from 21,887 to approximately 33,233 students, and approximately 30,000 students have graduated from IISD high schools.
Singley is a member of the Texas Association of School Administrators, American Association of School Administrators, National Association of Secondary School Principals, North Texas Schoolmaster’s Association, Association of Texas Professional Educators, Texas State Teachers Association, and Irving Retired Teachers Association.
An active member of the Irving community, Singley is a member of the Irving Rotary Club, a sustaining member of the Irving YMCA and the Boy Scouts of America Circle Ten Council. He has received the Texas and National Congress of Parents and Teachers Associations Life Membership Awards and the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award.  In 2002, he was named the 2002-2003 Region 10 Superintendent of the Year.
Singley earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Texas A&M University with majors in mathematics and school administration. He has done post-graduate work in school administration at the University of North Texas where he obtained his Superintendent’s Professional Certificate.
Singley’s wife, Carolyn, retired from her position as English teacher at MacArthur in June 2004, and their two children are graduates of Irving High School. Their daughter, Ryn, is a graduate of UCLA and lives in Oakland, California. The Singleys’ son, Brandt, is a graduate of University of Texas at Arlington and University of Texas at Austin, and is employed with Lewisville ISD as a middle school teacher.

In the resignation letter presented to Christian, Singley cited health reasons as the cause for retirement. The Board of Trustees has scheduled a special called meeting for 6 p.m. March 27 to formally accept his resignation and approve a separation agreement, and consider appointing an interim superintendent.

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