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May 11, 2013

CRISD head announces retirement

Superintendent Clay Tompkins will stay on in advisory role through August, 2014

CROSS ROADS — CROSS ROADS — Clay Tompkins  announced his retirement as superintendent of Cross Roads ISD on Wednesday, but will stay on in an advisory role through August of 2014.

The position has been posted on the CRISD website.

“I had already met with the board a while back and we had been planning this for some time now,” Tompkins said. “I had announced to the board that I would definitely retire at the end of next year.”

School Board President Scott Huddleston said a three member committee was set up on Friday to begin the process of looking through applications for a new leader.

He said they are looking at a June 15 application deadline, with the selection to happen around July 15.

Huddleston said he wants this process to be as smooth as possible to find their new superintendent.

“His (Tompkins) contract runs through August of '14 so we are hoping to get someone in to have a seamless transition,” Huddleston said. “He will be retained as a consultant through his contract.”

Tompkins will end 36 years of public education next year when his contract wraps up and he said the timing was right for the change.

“We felt like it would be in the best interest of the district to get somebody in and I could start working with them,” Tompkins said. “I hope to see someone that is good with the district and cares greatly about the school.”

During his 28 years with CRISD, Tompkins has been a teacher, principal and superintendent

“He is a valuable person,” Huddleston said. “I guess the best way to put it is he really worked with all of his heart for the best of the district.”

Tompkins said under his leadership, he accomplished a lot of the goals he wanted to take part in with the district

“We did a number of construction projects and we purchased additional land and just about doubled the size of the district,” Tompkins said. “We have done a number of things and I thought we brought in a great staff and we have a wonderful school.”

Tompkins said he hopes to have left a lasting mark on the district and he enjoyed his time with the district.

“Absolutely, it has been a great honor and a great privilege to get to do what I have done,” Tompkins said.

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