Cowley staying on as Yantis ISD’s chief administrator until June 2008
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 23, 2007 - The public has spoken, and ...

Harold Cowley is staying on at Yantis Independent School District for at least another year.

Quite a few people were reported to have turned out to show support for Cowley at the executive session at Yantis school Monday night, in which the board and superintendent discussed whether Cowley would return to the district with a new contract.

Cowley, whose 2-year contract with the district officially expired in August, notified the board at the first meeting following the Christmas break of his plans to return to retirement, effective immediately.

Cowley had been retired for 15 years prior to accepting the position.

In January, after much discussion with his wife, also a retired educator, Cowley decided at age 72 he was ready to return to retirement and its many benefits.

Following the regular January school board meeting, however, Cowley received numerous calls from community members as well as co-workers, parents and children asking him to reconsider.

Based on that outpouring of support and the nagging regret at not having stayed long enough to see the school's renovation and expansion plans come to fruition, Cowley again spoke with the board.

On Monday night, they worked on a contract which Cowley was "well pleased with." The contract has Cowley at the helm at YISD until June 30, 2008, which should 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, who has continued to act as superintendent while the final decision was made regarding his retirement, said the Yantis community has been "so good" to him in their support that they made it nearly impossible for him to make any decision other than to continue to serve them for another year.

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