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April 20, 2015
Shane Conklin Shane Conklin will be the new Granbury ISD human resources director following the official appointment by the Board of Trustees on April 20, 2015.
In this role, Conklin will lead the Human Resources Department serving over 900 district employees and over 200 substitute teachers. He is expected to begin working in Granbury in July.
“I am really excited to have Mr. Conklin joining our team. He has worked in some fantastic school districts and has a wealth of experience at the campus and central office levels. I know he will bring some new ideas to help our HR department and GISD grow in a very positive way,” said GISD superintendent Dr. James Largent. “Our interview team was very impressed with his personality, his professionalism, and his ideas. I have no doubt he will quickly become a valued member of our leadership team.”
A native of Iowa, Conklin is currently the Director of Organizational Improvement and Leadership Development in the White Settlement school district, where he has worked since 2013 leading curriculum and instructional programs and professional development – including a leadership program for principals and assistant principals. He is a frequent presenter in the local school district, at the region service center, and also at state and national conferences.
Prior to that, Conklin served as principal for six years in Northwest ISD at Tidwell Middle School and Lakeview Elementary School. He also was a campus principal in Crowley ISD at Poynter Elementary School after serving as assistant principal at North Crowley High School.
Conklin began his educational career in 1999 as a wrestling coach in the Grapevine-Colleyville school district, where he also taught physical education and health. He later moved to Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD to coach wrestling and teach math and social studies. Conklin moved into school administration in 2003 as an assistant principal in Azle.
Conklin holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa. He later earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Texas at Arlington. Conklin currently is a candidate for a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with Nova Southeastern University. He and his wife, Heather, have four sons.
Conklin will succeed Tom Howard, who is retiring in August after six years with GISD.

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