Dear Bobcat Nation:
As the old saying goes, “time flies by when you are having fun” – and fly it has! As the Superintendent of the Celina Independent School District, I have had the privilege and good fortune to work with a progressive and supportive Board of Trustees, a knowledgeable, highly professional student-centered administrative team, and a dedicated, collaborative group of teachers and staff who always have the best interest of students at the top of their agendas. My experience with CISD has been exceptional! It is for those reasons and others too many to recite that I have great difficulty writing this letter.
After a great deal of thoughtful consideration, I have decided to close out my 31-year career in public education and retire in December of 2020. This certainly does not come without mixed emotions. Many of them in fact, but I have been told numerous times by those much wiser than me that when it is time for you to retire, you will know, and that time has come. I am announcing my retirement now to allow adequate time to organize a search for a replacement who understands and personifies everything that makes Celina ISD so unique and special. Our Board of Trustees will graciously allow me to be a part of the replacement process and I will do whatever I can to ensure a smooth transition over the course of the next year.
I was fortunate to become part of Bobcat Nation 10 years ago as the Principal of Celina High School. The following year, I moved to Central Administration as the Assistant Superintendent. I give my sincere thanks to Mr. Donny O’Dell, who was the superintendent at the time and to the Board of Trustees for taking a risk on me. When Mr. O’Dell retired in 2016, the Board of Trustees hired me as superintendent and entrusted me with leading this great school district. I am forever grateful to them. I have been extremely blessed in my career. The opportunity to come to Celina ISD was the latest, greatest blessing, and I cannot think of a better place to end my public-school career. I am so thankful to the Celina community for being so very generous and supportive of not only our school district, but myself as well.
Our district wide successes can be credited to all the community stakeholders who championed our efforts. The students, their parents, the hard work of the CISD Leadership Team, our incredible, tireless teachers and all of the staff that support our mission every day to give the very best education possible to all of our students. Though a lot has been accomplished over the past several years, there is still much more to be done. Our work will never cease, but focused efforts have laid a solid foundation for CISD to grow thus “Paving The Way For The Future” and continuing our efforts to improve serving our students, their parents, and the entire CISD community.
While I know that change can create anxiety, I am so confident in our Board of Trustees, in our Leadership Team, in our teachers and staff, and of course, our community stakeholders that I believe will continue the good work that we have accomplished together and that change will strengthen the Celina Independent School District. When the end of my career arrives, it is my greatest hope that the legacy I leave with CISD is a stronger organization than when I arrived. Thank you to everyone for the guidance and support given to me during my superintendency with the Celina Independent School District. Time may have flown by, but my memories of serving this school district will last a lifetime!
Rick DeMasters, Superintendent