SSHS principal stepping down at end of year

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Feb. 6, 2007 - When the school year ends, so will Chuck King's service with Sulphur Springs Independent School District.

The Sulphur Springs High School principal submitted his resignation during Monday night's regular board of trustees meeting. The resignation will be effective at the end of the year, when his contract with the district expires, SSISD Superintendent Patsy Bolton said Tuesday morning.

"We regretted to receive and regret to accept his resignation, but he has other things he wants to do," Bolton said. "We will be talking about that position in the coming days.

"He will be greatly missed on campus," Bolton said. "He has done a tremendous job. He has been a good leader and has been involved in and taken on curriculum and instructional development. He has been in a number of different positions in the district and has been a tremendous Christian leader."

King said with his youngest son's recent graduation from college, as well as his oldest son's running career and two nephews who are also very active, and with things in "good shape" at the school, it would be a good time for a transition. He said that when he accepted the high school principal's post, he told the board of his intention to make it a transitional post. 

King said he and his wife, a sixth grade teacher at Sulphur Springs Middle School, discussed the subject, and after more than 30 years as educators decided it would be a good time for both to retire. Their current plans include spending a few months' "trying to relax and chill," and see where they end up. He said he most likely will look for a part time post doing something different after that. The pair's current plans are to remain in Sulphur Springs, where they have been employed at SSISD for 18 years.

King considers Sulphur Springs home, due to the supportive people and relationships formed in the community and church. It's also very centrally located between his sons and nephews.

"It's been really great, I feel very proud to call Sulphur Springs home," he said.

He said he has enjoyed his time teaching, coaching and in administrative posts, and feels confident in handing over the reins to someone else, especially with the "good staff" and direction the district is headed.

He said he would make himself available to assist whoever the board appoints to fill his post next year to help ease them into the position during the transition, depending on how fast the board makes that decision.

"We're at peace with it. We've done this for so long. It's time to do something new," King said. "I'm excited about it."

King has taught all levels of social sciences, coached baseball, basketball. football and track, and served as assistant high school principal and middle school principal in Rockwall. Here, he has served as athletic director and head coach, interim elementary principal for eight weeks while a principal was out sick, and assistant principal and principal at SSHS.

He said he considers it a privilege to have served SSISD for the past 18 years, during which he and his family "have been blessed with good success."

His wife has taught all levels of elementary education from second grade up, including higher level thinking development. She is currently teaching keyboarding to sixth graders.

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