Matt Adams

Peaster ISD Superintendent Matt Adams confirmed Tuesday that he has accepted the position of finance director at Azle ISD. 

Peaster ISD confirmed Monday that Adams had resigned and would not be taking another position with the school district, Business Manager Amari Canafax said. 

Adams, who has been PISD superintendent for 10 years, said the job opportunity in Azle was presented to him, and he couldn't turn it down. 

"It's been a great 10 years," Adams said. "We've seen a lot of growth, they're continuing to grow. Enrollment continues to go up. [We've] been able to offer new programs and opportunities for kids that we're excited about. It's been a good situation and a tough decision."  

Though he didn't grow up in Peaster, Adams graduated from Peaster High School after having attended all four years there. 

"It was an honor to be able to go back and be superintendent at my high school, being an alumni there," Adams said. 

Peaster ISD Communications Director Paul Casey said Adams announced his resignation to the board of trustees last week and is currently in transition between the jobs. 

"He's a Peaster graduate, and he's a Peaster person, and so this is an opportunity that came along, and so it's all positive," Casey said. "The board and the school were disappointed that he's leaving but understand the opportunity that was in front of him."  

Board President Mike Bowling said Adams left on amicable terms with the district and wished him the best of luck in his new job. 

"We want to congratulate Mr. Adams for making a move that's better for him and his family, and we want to thank Mr. Adams for his many years of dedicated support and hard work that's helped to make Peaster the great school, community that it is today," Bowling said. 

The district is currently looking for an interim superintendent, so the board can spend more time to search for a permanent superintendent candidate, Casey said. 

Adams said he will be around to help PISD through the transition period. 

Adams's resignation and the superintendent change are not expected to affect normal operations as school starts next month, Casey said. 

"The good thing is that we have a great team, and they'll just function as normal as any other year," Casey said. "We rely on the strength of the administrative team and the teaching staff."