A Message from our Superintendent, Gary S. Jones
I 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 experiences.
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 personal relationships.
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 eternally grateful.
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 grandchildren.
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 our friends.
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.