Celeste HS principal to take over as Sulphur Bluff supt.

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

May 31, 2007 - Ricky Beadles was named May 29 as the lone finalist for the superintendent's post at Sulphur Bluff Independent School District, according to SBISD Board of Trustees President Ronny Caldwell.

The board last week narrowed the list of candidates for the superintendent's post to the top three. On Tuesday, they selected Ricky Beadles for the post.

He will assume the duties of superintendent following the 21-day state mandated waiting period for superintendent appointments.

Beadles is currently employed as high school principal at  Celeste Independent School District.

Beadles bring 25 years experience to his new post. He began his career in education in 1982 at Commerce ISD, where he was a teacher and coach, and for 11 years served as principal at Commerce Middle School. In addition to Celeste, Beadles has served as high school principal at Caddo Mills, Cooper and Valley View schools, for a total of 19 years of administrative experience, according to Caldwell.

"The board looks forward to a long and productive relationship with him," Caldwell said.

Beadles replaces Mark Keahey, who is taking over the superintendent’s job at Grand Saline ISD, a four-campus district located in northeast Van Zandt County with a student population of about 1,125 students.

Keahey has been employed at SBISD since 1999. He served as high school principal from 1999-2001, then as co-interim superintendent along with elementary principal Jon Lilley in December 2000 when James Morton resigned. Keahey was offered the superintendent post in February 2001.

During Keahey's tenure at "The Bluff," the Teas Education Agency Academic Excellence rating for the district has been "recognized" six years and "exemplary" two years, according to Caldwell.

"His careful management of the budget has left the school in sound financial shape," Caldwell noted. "He will be missed at Sulphur Bluff, but the board wishes him great success in his new endeavor."

Keahey's service as superintendent at SBISD will conclude June 1 with graduation.

The new post for Keahey represents new challenges at a larger district, but the move will also put Keahey closer to Van, where he was reared and went to school, and where his mother still resides.

"Certainly I have been blessed to be a part of this school and community," Keahey said last Tuesday. "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."

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