Jan 7, 2014 6:09 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - For almost eight years, Scott Elliff has led a district with almost 40,000 students, 5,000 employees and 59 campuses.
In his time, they've broken ground on eight new campuses and finished six. The district's annual budget is right at $270 million.
And by all accounts, Elliff is leaving on good terms. Elliff said he's not sure what the next step is, only that he knows what it does not involve these three things:
"I'm not going to leave Corpus Christi ... I' m not going to pursue a superintendency somewhere else and I'm not running for public office."
He told KRIS 6 News today that after more than three decades as an educator and administrator, it's just time to go.
"So the suddenness of the announcement yesterday isn't reflective of the amount of time that I've spent thinking about it," he said. "It really is because after 32 years working in public education and 24 years in this district, I'm ready to do some new things personally and professionally."
Though he still has nine months before leaving for good, he said the district's arts-based curriculum is one loose end he likely will have to leave to a successor.
"We're very constrained by some of the curriculum requirements we have in the state and resources are short and I always wished, particularly as a musician myself, that I had been able to support our arts programs."
Elliff said he plays guitar and sings. He politely declined our request to sing and play "Happy Trails."
CCISD Board President Carol Scott said while the district will most certainly find an able successor, it won't be so easy finding one exactly like Scott Elliff.
After all, Elliff is from here and understands the public education challenges - and strengths - inherent in the Coastal Bend.
"That's a very rare quality to have someone of his leadership capability who also had the kind of history and understanding of the district," she said on Tuesday afternoon.