DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - When the Diboll ISD Board of Trustees met Thursday night in a special called meeting, they named the former head of the Fayetteville, Arkansas school district as their interim superintendent.
Vicky Thomas, who has more than 30 years in the education business, will replace former Diboll ISD superintendent Gary Martel, who announced his resignation on May 19.
According to a press release from Diboll ISD, Thomas has served in every capacity from a teacher on up to a superintendent. Thomas served as the superintendent of the Fayetteville school district for five years, and before that, she worked for Pasadena ISD for 28 years.
"In every capacity in which Mrs. Thomas has served, she has been recognized by peers and community for her hard work, her dedication, and her desire to help students succeed," the press release stated. "She has experience with diverse student populations and understands he challenges that many of our students face. She intends to be active and involved in all school and community programs during her tenure."
Thomas values relationships with staff, students, and community, and she "will work to build and strengthen lines of communication and collaboration," the press release stated.
The press release also indicated that the Diboll ISD Board does not anticipate that Thomas will be a candidate for the permanent superintendent position.
"However, we believe that the selection of Mrs. Thomas will give us and our community valuable time and perspective from which to move forward in the process and make a selection," the press release stated. "The Board expects that Mrs. Thomas will serve for a period of up to six months, during which time the board will evaluate all options to fill the position on a permanent basis."
The board did not hire a search firm to begin looking for outside candidates for the superintendent position.
"The board is taking seriously the responsibilities of selecting a quality leader," the press release stated. "As we continue through the process, we will continue to listen and consider all constructive input from our community. We all love Diboll, and are committed to a quality future for our students."
Back on May 19, Martel announced his resignation because he had been named the sole finalist for the Moody ISD superintendent position. In his letter to Diboll ISD's faculty members and staff, he said he and his wife made the decision to take the Moody ISD job, so they can be closer to their first grandchild.
"Over the years, I have been asked if would ever leave Diboll, and nothing has ever made us think we needed to leave this great place where we have worked and lived for over 17 years," Martel said in a statement he gave to the Diboll ISD staff. "We have made lifelong friends, graduated one of our two daughters, and been a part of countless young people's lives. We loved it so much we came back a second time in 2006 after being gone six years."