• Photo by Alexandra Cannon/Groesbeck Journal
    Superintendent Dr. Harold Ramm and Assistant Superintendent Keri Thoele celebrated their retirement with faculty, family, friends and members of the community Tuesday afternoon, December 19 in the high school library.

Lone Finalist for Superintendent Announced,

Ramm Reflects on time at GISD as Superintendent

By Alexandra Cannon, Staff Reporter


Tuesday, December 12, GISD School Board met for a special (and quick) meeting at the boardroom in the high school. The meeting was called to order at 6:38 pm with board members Bridgette Jones and Bill David Sadler absent. After The Pledge of Allegiance led by Tom Sutton and mission statement read by Bob Waller, the board went into executive session at 6:39 pm and reconvened with all members present at 7:05 pm. Wasting no time, the board addressed the final item on the agenda of selecting a Superintendent Lone Finalist after several weeks of working closely with Texas Association of School Boards to find a worthy candidate for the district. Waller made the motion to name Mr. James Cowley as the lone finalist and was seconded by Randy Hunter. With no further discussion, the motion passed unanimously. Hunter made the motion to adjourn and Waller seconded, unanimously passing and ending the meeting at 7:07 pm. Mr. Cowley of Calhoun ISD was present and met those in attendance at the meeting, happy to answer questions about his resume and chat with members of the faculty that may soon become his own. The board will meet and vote to hire Mr. Cowley on January 4, 2018, so that he may begin working for the district with the start of the spring semester.

With a new Superintendent all but hired, current Superintendent Dr. Harold Ramm’s 10 year stretch with GISD draws to a close, allowing our community to look back on the strides he has made for the district.

Born to a man Ramm calls “a true entrepreneur,” Harold Dean Ramm began working in his father’s restaurant at age 8 and could cook anything on the menu by age 9, demonstrating the kind of work ethic one might consider foundational for a man who has continued working ever since.

“Neither one of my parents graduated from high school, so they were bound and determined that I go to college, but they didn’t know how they were going to pay for it,” Ramm remembers.

His father wasted no time enrolling him in Barber College at the age of 14, and after completing the program over the space of two summers, he received his license to barber in 1963 at the age of 16 and a half. Cutting hair allowed Ramm to pay his way through college.

Ramm graduated with his Bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University and began teaching and coaching, was drafted into the army in 1970, and upon his return, kept teaching and earned his Master’s degree at Our Lady of the Lake University. He landed his first superintendency at North Zulch at the age of 30. Ramm went on to work at other school districts, all the while studying for his Doctorate which he received from Texas A&M University. He served as president of Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) in 1995-1996, an organization that kept superintendents informed on issues and provided for networking with other superintendents in the state. All that is to say, Dr. Ramm has ceaselessly worked in the field of education for a very long time, and always kept reaching for more. His progressive approach in passing bonds and helping districts become stable and successful have been trademarks of his since early in his career.

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