Piatt humbled and excited to be named new SI

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Pampa High School Principal Hugh Piatt was named the lone finalist for the Pampa Independent School District Superintendent vacancy during a special Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday.

PISD Board President Matt Brock said Piatt was unanimously selected of the two interviews, both internal, after motion was made by Luis Nava and seconded by David Godino.

“Piatt has more than 20 years of experience in several different areas from teaching to administration and has worked at several various school systems and he loves Pampa,” Brock said. “His leadership skills will be good for our District. We are inching our way up and getting better and better. But we don’t want to level out. We want someone who will continue to carry us up and continue.”

Brock noted Piatt’s calming demeanor as another one of his admirable characteristics.

“He can be rough if he has to be, but he can be the voice of our district to take us to the next level and carry on Tanya’s (Larkin, former superintendent) legacy,” Brock said. “He was very complimentary of Dr. Larkin.”

Piatt said he was very humbled to be named the superintendent and is excited to take the reins.

“I’m super-excited about being able to do it,” Piatt said. “We’ve got great people in our district because Dr. Larkin left great people in every leadership position. I get to step into a great team and a great situation.

“That’s what tipped me to put my name in the hat. Dr. Larkin was very supportive of me putting my name in the hat.”

Piatt said while he will miss being a high school principal, he looks forward to the challenges ahead.

“I thank the Board for trusting me with this opportunity,” Piatt said. “We’ve got some challenges ahead of us and strategic planning. House Bill 45 with all of the mandates with Covid and things coming up three, five or 10 years down the road. I’m excited to help lead that.”

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