Olney’s new superintendent hit the ground running after being hired by the Board of Trustees on Monday, April 14, even though he didn’t officially arrive in Olney to take over the job until the first of May. He was immediately thrown into assisting with the search for a new athletic director – a task which he and the board completed Monday, May 5 – while learning the ropes of running a school district.
“It’s like I’m in school again, just sponging up the information so I can make good decisions,” Roach said.
Roach is a native of Shamrock, a small town in the Texas panhandle. Roach said he loves the small-town environment and worked a number of jobs before finding his way to education
“I worked in the oil field and was a diesel mechanic in Amarillo for seven years,” he said.
During the oil boom of the 1980s, Roach decided to go to school to enter the world of education. He continued working in the oil field around Amarillo, even working for himself for a while, as he went to classes at Frank Phillips College.
After he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1991, Roach officially became an educator.
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