SALADO — Ross Sproul was named the new principal for Salado High School and will begin his new job in July.

Sproul is associate principal for curriculum and instruction at Lake Travis High School, where he has been for three years.

He will replace current Principal Burt Smith, who was recently selected to serve as the Salado Independent School District director of curriculum and instruction.

“We had 50 applicants, and narrowed that down to nine candidates to interview,” said Michael Novotny, Salado Independent School District superintendent.

Asked what made Sproul stand out above the other candidates, Novotny said he is extremely intelligent and knows curriculum, instruction and course selection.

“He knows how to get kids prepared for college and careers, is very personable and a hard worker.” Sproul will remain at Lake Travis for the rest of the school year, but already is becoming involved in the Salado ISD community, Novotny said.

“He wants to spend as much time here as he can in order to make a smooth transition,” Novotny said.

Sproul earned a bachelor of science degree in biology at Stephen F. Austin State University and a master’s degree in education at the University of Houston.

He taught ninth grade science at Deer Park High School, was a science teacher, instructional coach and assistant principal in Humble and served as an associate principal for curriculum and instruction at Westlake High School before moving to Lake Travis.

“Lake Travis and Eanes ISD are two of the best school districts in the state, and we consider Salado to be one as well, just smaller,” Novotny said.

Sproul and his wife, Stacy, have three children.

Sproul has spent much of his time in larger communities, he looks forward to a smaller school and town in Salado. Asked what attracted him to the Salado position, Sproul said, “The size of the school. Having 480 students in the high school gives educators an opportunity to know the students personally.”

Sproul and his wife, Stacy, have three children, son Jeb and daughters Raimy and Kenady.

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