Gary S. Jones Administration Building Dedication Ceremony and Program

  Superintendent Gary S. JonesThe 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.
 
     
  A Message from our Superintendent, Gary S. Jones  
  Dear Friends,

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.

GSJ


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Gary S. Jones Administration Building Dedication
Posted on 09/26/2014
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  READ MORE...
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