After serving eight years as Superintendent at Orange Grove Independent School District Lynn Burton announced his retirement.

Burton's 40 year career will end June 30 just as students start their summer break.

“There's a time in life to move on,” Burton said. “I always knew there would be a time to move on.”

Burton never saw himself as a teacher until he became a substitute teacher as he waited for his first semester of Law School to begin. Being a substitute is where Burton got a “unique opportunity” to make a difference, he said.

Burton is a 1971 graduated of Sherman High School. He attended Baylor University after high school in the hopes of becoming an attorney. At Baylor University Burton received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and history. He earned his Master of Education Degree from North Texas State University.

“When I began my career in the Texas Education System I was teaching and coaching,” Burton stated. “I figured I had an impact on kids in my class. However, I wanted a leadership role where I could have a greater impact.”

He climbed the ranks, and spent 23 years of his career as a superintendent and assistant superintendent.

“Over the years, as a paid my dues, I grasped everything possible,” Burton said. “I love my job. No two days are the same; no two districts are the same; no two communities are the same.”

According to Burton, all districts and communities have a similar interest – wanting the safety of the students, and having adults who are responsible and challenging.

“Being superintendent is a demanding job with not much time off,” he stated. “The biggest thing I'll miss is the relationship I've made with the people.”

Burton believes he is truly blessed to finishing his career in Orange Grove. He carries a strong belief that he made a difference during his four decade career.

“I feel very confident that the district is in good shape,” he said. “However, I know there is always room for improvement. I've contributed all I can.”

Superintendent Ideal Survey

In order to identify the characteristics for the Ideal Candidate for Orange Grove ISD Superintendent of Schools the Search Team is conducting Surveys within the district. The Board of Trustees was the first group surveyed. The staff of OGISD is currently being surveyed using an online process. The Orange Grove community survey is being conducted online and by paper form submission. A community member may go online to www.ogisd.net and click community survey and complete and submit the form online. If a community member does not want to use the online process they may also go to central office and complete the form there. Contact: Jennifer Montgomery, Superintendent’s Secretary, 504 S. Dibrell, Orange Grove, Tx 78372,

The deadline for all survey submissions is 4 pm, February 3, 2017.