Yantis superintendent retiring for good at 73

From Staff Reports

Dec 28, 2007 - Yantis Independent School District is expected to have a new person seated in the top administrative position after the start of the new year.

An interim superintendent is expected to fill the slot of retiring Superintendent Harold Cowley until a permanent candidate is selected.

Cowley officially handed in his letter of resignation to the school board on Nov. 16. Following a motion by Bo West during a special called board meeting on Nov. 26, the school board on a 6-0-0 vote, with board member Perry Shirley absent, accepted Cowley’s resignation  effective Dec. 31, according to the board minutes from the meeting that are posted on the school web site.

Cowley had initially retired after a 35-year career as an educator in public schools. Fifteen years later,  in May 2005, he was selected to act as interim superintendent at Yantis.

Yantis ISD trustees then voted unanimously in July of 2005 to select Cowley as the lone finalist for the position of superintendent of the school district. 

is contract as superintendent expired in August 2006, but he agreed to stay on a while longer. In January after much discussion with his wife, also a retired educator, Cowley decided that, at age 72, he was ready to return to retirement and its many benefits.

After receiving a number of phone calls from community members and coworkers, however, Cowley agreed to remain on as superintendent long enough to see the renovation and expansion plans at the school come to fruition. Cowley and the board inked a a contract through June 30, 2008, which would get the construction project "off the ground and rolling real good and be far enough along that it should be finished not too long after that," Cowley said.

With the progress of the construction of administrative offices and awing for middle school students well under way, Cowley again submitted his resignation.

He said the project was “on target” and showing significant progress, which should continue according to schedule, barring any major bad weather delays. 

Cowley indicated that while he is appreciative of all of the support from staff and the community, at age 73, the decision to retire was made out of desire to enjoy a healthy life and his family.

Yantis ISD’s board of trustees called a special meeting on Dec. 20, when they were to discuss the interim superintendent position, then take action following the meeting. Details of any action taken at the meeting have been unavailable from school officials, however, as Yantis ISD offices closed earlier that same day for Christmas break. Classes will resume Jan. 3.

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