Alice ISD Superintendent Dr. Grace Everett turned in her resignation letter to school board members after five years with the district.
Dr. Everett became a superintendent who had to oversee 11 district, hundreds of employees and make the best decisions possible for the thousands of students in the district.
“Research states the average stay for a superintendent in a school district is about three years. I feel very honored to have been allowed to work for the district for five years...,” Dr. Everett said. “To tell you the truth, the superintendent's job is very stressful. It's a 24-hour-a-day job.”
Dr. Everett was the superintendent Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco Independent School District until she retired in June 2011. She has 27 years working in the education system being a teacher for 11 years and an administrator for 16 years. She taugh in San Diego, Orange Grove, Benavides, Santa Gertrudis Academy in Kingsville and in the Rio Grande Valley.
Everett received her bachelor's degree in English and Psychology from the University of Maryland, her masters in English and Psychology and her doctorate in Educational Leadership Administration Management at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
“A superintendent has to be the "bad" guy, which is not very popular in the district and the community. It has been difficult, sometimes, to make some people understand that I make decisions every day in the best interests of the students, even though sometimes it may not seem like it,” Everett stated.
Dr. Everett's contract ends July 31, 2017.
“I have had the opportunity to become familiar will so many generous parents and members in the community who are very committed to ensuring only the very best for the children here. Even through the hardships that have transpired because of the oil crash have caused distress to many families, the community has pulled together,” Everett said. “In the schools and central office I have seen the commitment of school personnel striving to do their very best so that the students can have the best. Alice has so many beautiful children who are intelligent, talented, polite, and loving. I think what I will miss the most is visiting them at the campuses, talking to them, and listening to the enthusiasm they have for learning. There are little sponges slurping up knowledge.”
Dr. Everett plans to spend her days traveling with her husband, a retired border patrolman. She wants to visit New York to see some broadway shows and visit the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde.