Sulphur Bluff Supt. Keahey accepts post in Grand Saline

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

May 22, 2007 - By the end of the month, Sulphur Bluff  Independent School District's board of education is expected to name their choice to replace Superintendent Mark Keahey, who has accepted another job opportunity, school officials said Tuesday morning.

Keahey's service as superintendent at SBISD will conclude June 1 with graduation. He has been employed at the school since 1999, first as a principal, then as co-interim superintendent in December 2000 when James Morton resigned. He was offered the superintendent job in Feb. 2001.

He has now accepted the superintendent's job at Grand Saline, which is a larger district and closer to Van, where he was reared and went to school. The relocation also puts him closer to his mother.

"He's looking forward to it," said Nancy Halbert with SBISD. “We're going to miss him around here."

"Certainly I have been blessed to be a part of this school and community," Keahey said Tuesday morning. "It's been great for my family. I appreciate what Sulphur Bluff does with the school out here. I wish them the best in the future."

The school board has been screening applications and have narrowed the field to two men and one woman, whom the board members are slated to interview during a meeting Thursday night. They are expected to announce their choice as finalist by the end of the month.

"I think they have some really good applicants.," Keahey said. "I think they'll have a good one to work with."

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