The Athens Review
Athens Independent School District Superintendent Robert Steeber is leaving after one year, and heading for a job in Fort Worth.
After a long executive session Tuesday, Steeber read a brief letter of resignation, thanking the district, and giving his reasons for the departure. His last day at AISD will be Friday, after which he will move to the Education Service Center for Region XI office in Fort Worth.
The following is an excerpt from Steeber’s resignation letter.
“In September, 2011, I was honored to become the superintendent of Athens ISD. I’m still honored to hold that title. I thank the board for the trust that has been given to me with this position. This is a wonderful district, and the community is fortunate to have such a wonderful board of trustees. This last year has come at great sacrifice for my family. The intent to relocate my family to this area has not been successful. I believe that each of us should prioritize their lives with God, family and work. I have found that my family has been losing precious time together that we cannot get back. It has become necessary at this time to explore options to get my family and I back together.”
Assistant Superintendent Blake Stiles will step into the role of interim superintendent while the district goes through the process of choosing a permanent replacement.
“I’m excited about the opportunity,” Stiles said. “It makes me sad to see Dr. Steeber go. I appreciate the guidance he’s given me in this position. I like the direction Athens is moving, and think we’ve made a lot of progress in the last year. I’d like to continue with that progress.”
Steeber, 46, came to Athens after a 4-year stay at S & S Consolidated in Sadler, replacing Fred Hayes, who left for the Nacogdoches School District in May, 2011. S&S stands for the communities of Sadler and Southmayd. Sadler is located in Grayson County, about 60 miles north of Dallas.
AISD had 62 applications for Hayes’ position, and in August was set to offer the top candidate the job. When that deal fell through, School Board President Raymond Williams said any one of the three top candidates would have been an excellent choice.
“The three that were the finalists were all very qualified,” Williams said. “We looked at them as 1A, 1B and 1C.”