DuBose named ‘lone finalist’ for OISD chief

Overton Independent School District Board of Trustees all but named interim superintendent Stephen DuBose as the new chief during Monday night’s regular meeting.

After returning from a two-hour executive session, board member Mike Rogers moved to name DuBose the lone finalist for the position, and to grant him hiring privileges for the duration of his interim term.

On the same night that former superintendent Alan Umholtz was named to the same title at Yorktown ISD, Overton trustees made a similar gesture to their current high school principal and interim chief.

“Mr. DuBose’s character and commitment to education are without question,” said board president Shane McCasland. “He’s proven his worth to Overton first as a teacher and coach, then as an athletic director and principal […] we feel confident that he is the best man for the job as our superintendent.”

McCasland said DuBose will likely be officially offered the position and sign his contract July 29 at the district’s next called meeting.

DuBose said he was grateful for the trust given to him by the board in both serving as interim superintendent as well as being named the lone finalist.

“I love the school district and the community, and look forward to the continued growth and improvement in the years ahead,” he said. “As a servant-leader, I feel my role is to do everything possible to put students first in all of our decisions, and to provide the teachers, staff, and administrators the tools they need to teach to the highest level possible.”

DuBose granted that there are difficulties facing the district, but that he is optimistic about meeting those obstacles head on.

“We have some challenges ahead, like all schools do,” he said. “But if we work together with the parents and community, we can achieve great things and provide a promising future to our students.”

DuBose first came to Overton in 2004 as an assistant coach and high school history teacher after coaching stints at S&S Consolidated, Warren, Grapeland, Huntington, Lovelady, and Fairfield school districts. He became athletic director a year later and was promoted to high school principal in 2008.

A 1975 graduate of Beckville High School, DuBose has a bachelors degree from East Texas Baptist University, a masters from Stephen F. Austin State University, and his superintendent’s certification from Lamar University.

McCasland did not comment on the district’s plans to replace DuBose as high school principal.

“We’re going to do this one step at a time and with all the proper protocol,” he said. “We’re not going to hurry but we’re not going to drag our feet either. We’re committed to finding the best people and putting them in the right positions.”

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