||The evening of September 25, 2014 at 5228 Ohio Garden Road in Fort Worth was an exceptional one for Castleberry ISD and the entire community. The newly remodeled Gary S. Jones Administration Building at this location was dedicated and its namesake, Superintendent Gary S. Jones, was honored for his many contributions and support to the district during his tenure here.
The evening began with a self-guided tour of the beautiful new 23,000 square foot facility where visitors were able to view the administrative offices, technology lab, safety and security center, as well as the stately Board of Education meeting room where the program was held. The new Administrative Building officially opened for occupancy on July 21, 2014, after a complete remodel of the former Castleberry Elementary School.
After the tour, visitors gathered in the distinctive Board room for the dedication program. Board of Education President David Holder welcomed all the guests, followed by an invocation from former Board President, Bob Mullen.
Tracy Gallman, Board Vice President shared the extensive history of the building. She took everyone on the journey from the building’s inception in 1898 as a one-room school named Marine School #3, through its more recent configurations in the 1940’s to what many still remember as Castleberry Elementary. Much of the character of the building from 1937-1945 was preserved in its current transformation to the Gary S. Jones Administration Building.
Board President David Holder made the formal dedication of the building to Superintendent Gary S. Jones, followed by congratulations from the entire Board of Education led by Board member, Mary Lou Martinez. Dr. Laina McDonald, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, also extended congratulations from the Superintendent’s Cabinet.
The evening ended with a warm closing from Superintendent Gary S. Jones. It was a night to remember for Castleberry ISD, as well as one for the memory books of Superintendent Jones.
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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