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IDEA Public Schools Hires New CIO

The public charter K-12 schools announced that Marlon Shears, formerly of Fort Worth ISD, will take the lead this month.

IDEA Public Schools media photo of young students using laptops.
IDEA Public Schools
Marlon Shears has taken the CIO position at IDEA Public Schools after serving almost three years as chief information technology officer for Fort Worth ISD (FWISD).

At FWISD, Shears oversaw all IT functions, business analysis, systems architecture, applications development, project management, data center, support desk, cybersecurity, technical training, and network and telephone support.

He will take on his new duties Sept. 18, joining the executive team assisting in overseeing core functions throughout the public charter schools. There are 143 schools across 11 regions, according to the website, the majority in Texas and with headquarters in Weslaco.

“Marlon Shears is a highly regarded senior technology leader with a passion for empowering people with the tools to transform the lives of students and communities through education,” Cody Grindle, president of IDEA Public Schools, said in a press release. “After a thorough search that attracted a wealth of talent and experience from internal and external candidates across the country, I am thrilled to welcome Shears as our new Information Systems and Technology area leader.”

Prior to his position at FWISD, Shears managed all IT operations as the deputy chief technology officer at Dallas ISD. His duties included management of data centers, business and student applications, and campus security systems.

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