Cowley begins superintendency with GISD
Dr. James Cowley officially began his first day as Groesbeck ISD’s Superintendent February 1, 2018, though he has been spending time with the district in the month of January getting familiar with faculty and routines already in place by riding bus routes, attending basketball games, and doing campus presentations.
“Everybody's very friendly and open to new ideas. Not that anything was being done wrong, just everybody's got their own philosophy for how to do something,” Cowley said. “This is the time to look around and listen and that's what I'm trying to do as much as I can; listen to our constituents, listen to our staff, listen to elected officials because I'll be meeting with some of them, some of our religious leaders in town, as many as I can get to and catch up with.”
Cowley is in the process of scheduling meetings with the mayors of Thornton and Kosse, as many GISD students live in those towns, and also plans to meet with chief appraisers for Limestone, Falls and Robertson counties to discuss preliminary appraisals.
Dr. Bill Tarleton with Region 12 has been acting as interim superintendent since the school board voted to hire Cowley at a special meeting on January 4, but Cowley has been working with Tarleton over the past month for a smoother transition into his official start.
“I had to get released from my other contract and that board meeting didn't happen until after I was hired here. If we had done that, my start would've been about mid-January and that's kind of hard to do, mid-transition with how things work,” Cowley said.
Working in education since 1987, Cowley spent many years teaching science before moving on to work in positions including Elementary Principal, High School Principal, Curriculum Coordinator and Assistant Superintendent at Saltillo and Sunnyvale ISD's. He worked as Superintendent for Linden-Kildare CISD 2011-2014 and Calhoun County ISD 2015 to present.
“You know, when you're a classroom teacher you only have your little classes and you only get to see what happens there,” Cowley said. “You become a principal, you get the whole building, and then when you're superintendent you get to see all the successes of kids and teachers across all levels, all departments, all grades.”
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