Retired superintendent named to interim post at Cumby ISD

School board yet to say why Vandiver was placed on administrative leave

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Sept 6, 2007 - An educator with almost half a century of experience has been appointed to fill in for the Cumby Independent School District superintendent, who remains on administrative leave.

Gerald Gregory, who retired as superintendent of Grand Saline on May 31, started serving as Cumby's interim superintendent three days ago. He was appointed to temporarily fill Superintendent Bert Vandiver's post by the school board during an Aug. 30 meeting.

District officials have yet to say why Vandiver is still on administrative leave, staff members in the district's administrative office said Thursday morning.

Vandiver, who was appointed superintendent in the summer of 2005, was asked to leave the campus during the regular board of trustees meeting on Aug. 16, and placed on administrative leave until further notice.

After that action was taken, administrative staff at the school said, the board gave no reason why he was placed on leave.

Staff members said Thursday morning Vandiver is still on administrative leave with pay, and the board has yet to give a reason for the move.

�I know nothing about that,� Gregory said when asked why Vandiver is on administrative leave. "I�m here to do my best to support the school, students and taxpayers of the ISD. You would need to talk to the school board president, David Barrow, about that."

The News-Telegram attempted to contact Barrow after Vandiver was suspended, but Barrow did not return the call. Barrow had yet to return another call from the News-Telegram at press time today.

Both Gregory and administrative staff said that no plans have been put in place for Vandiver to return to the post or to find a permanent replacement.

The interim superintendent did say that he will only be able to work six months this year and still remain retired.

Gregory began his career as an educator in 1960 as a biology teacher at Sam Houston State University, where he taught until 1963. He then accepted a position with Grand Saline ISD, which was closer to his hometown of Van. He was employed for the last 44 years with Grand Saline, serving in a number of administrative positions, including principal and eventually as superintendent, the post from which he retired in the spring.

�The board said they were looking for help. They haven�t discussed with me priority,� Gregory said. �I�ll do my best to educate the students of Cumby ISD. The kids I�ve met so far and spoken to and talked with have seemed like good students.�

He also complimented the school, as well as the school board and “people who work here” for their dedication.

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