KRUM — There was no fanfare as Kenneth Anderson was announced as the new vice principal for Krum High School.
Anderson’s appointment was voted on following a lengthy closed portion of Wednesday night’s Krum school board meeting. He is the replacement for Bernard Lightfoot, who was ousted amid controversial circumstances on Oct. 18.
Anderson, 49, earned his undergraduate degree from Tarleton State University before getting his master’s in education from Sul Ross State University in Alpine.
He is entering his 27th year in education, but his first year in Krum ISD. Before joining Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD as director of secondary student services in August, Anderson had worked for 12 years as a principal in Keller, he said.
“So I think I’d call — probably — Keller home a little bit more,” he said.
As a director in Saginaw, he wasn’t able to interact with students as much as he liked, so he sought the open position in Krum.
“I missed the kids,” Anderson said. “That was something that was missing in my life, so I wanted to get back with the kids, and so this opportunity presented itself and I jumped on it.”
Superintendent Cody Carroll said interviews to replace Lightfoot began in December, and that Anderson quickly rose to the top of applicants due to his decades of experience in education administration.
Lightfoot, who agreed to a voluntary separation agreement with the board in October, left amid widespread accusations of nepotism, cronyism and grade manipulation that targeted school board members and Krum High School administrators.
Community members wore safety-green T-shirts emblazoned with “#SaveLightfoot” and spoke out in frustration during the meeting in which Lightfoot was ousted, and a group of parents and citizens, aided by local activist Willie Hudspeth, formed a group in response to the meeting results.
An external investigation into those allegations, championed in part by Krum mayor and parent Ron Harris, found no evidence to support the numerous allegations, although some found fault with aspects of the investigation and the approach of the attorney doing the investigating.
There were no safety-green shirts or impassioned citizens at Wednesday night’s meeting, nor were there more than a handful of people who even stuck around until the announcement came at the end of the 2 1/2 hour meeting.
Anderson seemed unshaken by the murky history his new position holds onto, instead directing his focus toward students.
“If you focus everything about the kids, then everything else is going to fit around it,” he said. “That’s why I’m here, and that’s why all of us are here. That’s why the board members are here; that’s why the superintendent is here. We’re here to help the kids.”