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Section A: General News


Peters may leave Poth for Marfa ISD




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POTH -- Just 13 months ago, Andy Peters was chosen as the lone finalist in the Poth Independent School District’s (ISD) search for someone to succeed former Superintendent David Wehmeyer. Now the district’s board could be faced with finding a successor for Peters, as he likely is headed west.

Peters confirmed Aug. 1 that he has been named the lone finalist in Marfa ISD’s superintendent search. He said that based on state laws regarding hiring a new school superintendent, the earliest he would be able to accept the position would be Aug. 16; Peters has asked the Poth ISD board of trustees to release him from his contract on that date.

According to the vacancy announcement posted on Marfa ISD’s website, Peters -- if released from his contract in Poth -- would replace former Superintendet Teloa Swinnea, who retired July 31.

Marfa ISD, which is located in West Texas, has 370 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grades. While the district is rated as “academically acceptable” by the Texas Education Agency, both the Marfa Elementary School and the Marfa Junior/Senior High School are rated as “academically unacceptable.”

This is quite a contrast from Poth ISD, which had 805 students in grades kindergarten through 12 during the 2010-11 school year and had an overall rating of “recognized.”

“They probably need me more in Marfa than in Poth,” Peters said.

The superintendent had nothing but compliments for Poth’s faculty and students, and said his only regret is not being able to work with the newly hired principals at Poth Elementary School and Poth Junior High School.

“I like it here,” Peters said. “I could stay here for a long time. My family wanted to go in a different direction.”

Peters came to Poth last year from Louise ISD. He said he has recommended that Special Education Director Scott Caloss -- who served previously as the principal of Poth Junior High School -- should serve as interim superintendent.
 

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