By Sonya Campbell

Harker Heights Herald

SALADO - The Salado school board has selected Michael Novotny, 38, of Moulton, as its new superintendent of schools. Novotny, 38, currently is employed as superintendent of Moulton Independent School District, where he has served since 2008.

In 2010, Moulton ISD was rated Exemplary by the Texas Education Agency.

Prior to serving in Moulton, Novotny held several positions with the Plano ISD during a period of 12 years, including teacher, team leader, special education coordinator, high school assistant principal and high school principal.

Novotny has a master's degree in special education and a second master's degree in education administration, and acquired his doctorate in education administration at the University of North Texas. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston-Victoria.

He replaces Billy Wiggins who resigned in December. Novotny will formally begin his duties in Salado ISD on June 1.

On Wednesday, Novotny said the Salado school district is larger then Mouton. Salado ISD has about 1,350 students while Mouton ISD has 328, he said.

While he described the quality of both school districts as "excellent," he said Salado is within closer proximity to his family in North Texas.

When considering making a move to Salado, Novotny said the quality of schools was important since he and his wife, Laura, have three sons who will be attending classes at SISD.

Novatny said he does not plan to make a lot of changes in his first year, opting instead to familiarize himself with all aspects of campus life so he can make informed decisions in the future.

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