After only five months into her career as Superintendent of Alice Independent School District, Dr. Alma Charles submitted her resignation letter to the board of trustees.

On Tuesday, Dec. 19, Alice ISD School Board accepted Dr. Charles resignation letter and agreed to the retirement contract with Dr. Charles, effective immediately.

“Although it was a difficult decision, I resigned to retire to help my grandchildren. I am extremely grateful to Alice ISD for giving me my first teaching and superintendent job,” Dr. Charles said. “I will continue to be an advocate for children and serve as a volunteer in my community. I appreciate the support from my family, friends and community.”

Charles served the interest of public schools for more than two decades. Over the years she earned an Education Doctorate Degree, three Master's Degrees and six certifications. Her educational career includes nearly six districts and two higher education institutions, including 18 years as an administrator.

According to School Board President Ben Salinas Jr., he was made aware of Dr. Charles request to retire last week. Salinas and the board took steps to honor her request, and took steps to find an interim superintendent.

The Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Guillermo Ruiz as interim superintendent, effective immediately.

Ruiz has been with the district for 29 years. For the last four years he has been the director of operations. He has also been a paraprofessional and an elementary principal with the district.  Ruiz has 34 years in the field of education.

The next step for the district is to appoint another superintendent.