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Rice steps down as TISD superintendent
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TRINITY – Dr. Bobby Rice will formally end his tenure with the Trinity Independent School District on Friday to accept a position with the Gilmer ISD. Rice, who has served as the TISD’s chief administrator since June 2006, will become the director of ancillary services in the Class 3A Gilmer school system. During their meeting Monday night, the Trinity School Board accepted his resignation, which takes effect on Friday, April 30. Following the meeting, the board announced that until a new superintendent can be selected, Jacob E. “Jake” Sherman will take over on an interim basis. Sherman previously served as TISD’s interim superintendent for eight months between the resignation of Ann Pemberton in 2002 and the selection of Dr. Douglas Moore in 2003. School Board President Dorothy Franklin said the board would immediately begin ironing out the selection process for hiring a new superintendent. No timetable has yet been set for the selection. Rice first came to the Trinity school system in July 2003 after being named as the Trinity High School principal. In May 2004 he was promoted to the position of “superintendent intern” and was moved into the central business office to work with veteran superintendent Douglas Moore. At that time, the school board announced that Rice was in line to become the next superintendent once Moore stepped down. Moore, who had previously retired as the Liberty ISD superintendent, came to TISD with the intention of only staying for three or four years. When he stepped down at the end of the 2005-06 school year, Rice was formally selected as the district’s chief administrator. Sherman retired as superintendent of the Corrigan-Camden ISD in 1996 following 10 years in that post. He previously has served in that district as a principal, counselor, business manager and special programs director. He also served as the Onalaska ISD superintendent from 1983-1986. Since retiring, he has worked as an interim superintendent for a number of school systems in the area including Livingston, Woodville, Cleveland, Onalaska and Kennard. During Monday’s meeting, Randall Lowe appeared during the public forum to voice his appreciation to Rice for his years of service. “I appreciate the hard work Dr. Rice has done and want to say ‘thank you’ for his service,” Lowe told the board. Lowe noted that he has two children who have graduated from TISD schools and three who are still attending them. He noted that in recent years, he believes disciple problems have been rapidly increasing and action needs to be taken to stop that trend. “Be sure to put discipline high up on you list as you look for a new superintendent to fill our needs,” Lowe urged the board.