||The Castleberry Independent School District Board of Education invites you to the dedication of the Gary S. Jones Administration Building located at 5228 Ohio Garden Road on Thursday, September 25, 2014.
This building was built in 1938 and was the pride and joy of those who attended and worked at Castleberry. Throughout the decades, several additions were constructed in an attempt to house the growing number of students in the area, but through it all, the original structure remained a beautiful asset to the district.
In 2013, when Castleberry Elementary School moved into its new building at 1100 Roberts Cut-Off, work began to renovate the building and return the original structure to its former beauty, while updating the infrastructure to better accommodate a modern office complex. The result is an amazing transformation that is part history, part future, and all Castleberry.
The building will be open for self-tours at 6:00 PM and the Dedication Program will begin in the Board Room at 6:30 PM.
have had the privilege of serving as a custodian, maintenance worker,
bus driver, teacher, college instructor/supervisor, principal, assistant
superintendent, and superintendent. All of these were great
So, after great thought and with a lot of mixed emotions, I
have decided it is time for me to retire as Superintendent of
Castleberry Independent School District.
My retirement will be effective this spring, 2015. I will
have completed 42 years in Education. My fifteen years in Castleberry
even surpasses Mrs. Irma Marsh for Superintendent tenure. It’s time.
It is my intent to submit my official letter to the Board of Education this Monday night.
It has been my greatest honor and privilege to serve the
students and staff of CISD and the community for the past fifteen years.
I have been truly blessed to have worked beside so many tremendous
teachers, fabulous administrators, dedicated staff, and a community
committed to supporting public schools. I will forever cherish these
I have, in my professional life, been fortunate enough to be
surrounded by some of the finest educators this country has produced;
people whose dedication and drive and expertise could not help but rub
off on me. I have learned from them, and, for that tutoring, I shall be
I am grateful to the Board of Education. Thankful for their
patience and understanding as we worked through some pretty difficult
issues over the years.
Together, we set a path to achieve a vision for this
district. I am confident that the district will continue to excel under
the leadership and guidance of the Board of Education and our current
administrative leadership team.
During these years, I have seen students grow and mature; I
have seen this wonderful school system grow and develop; I have seen
education itself grow into a powerful and dynamic profession.
I am and will always be committed to public education and
the promise it continues to hold for our country. That I was a part of
it all, however small, gives me the greatest of pleasures, and I am
thankful that I was allowed to be here.
I must continue to challenge you…
Your focus must always remain on what’s best for our
students. If you are always making sure that you are doing what is best
for them, then you can go to sleep at night knowing you are making a
positive difference. That is the reason you chose Castleberry.
I am at a place in my life where I feel it is important to spend more time with my wife and family.
Kaye and I have mixed feelings about our retirement and the
change this brings in our lives. However, we are excited about the
future for us and for Castleberry ISD.
People will ask what we will do with all our free time. We
want to travel, read all of the books that we have never had time for,
create in our workshops, spend time on my family homestead, but most of
the time will be spent with just the two of us and our precious
While we do look forward to all of this, we know that we
shall also miss our daily contact with all of you, our colleagues and
We will miss you.
Next Tuesday, I begin coordinating the search for our next
Superintendent. I think the next Superintendent will find Castleberry to
be an outstanding place to work. The Board of Education prefers an
experienced Superintendent; however, I will speak with anyone within the
district that has serious interest.
Our board is solid and we work together very well. I have
no doubt that we will make good decisions in this process.
It is a great time to be in Castleberry. May God continue to bless Castleberry.
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