Spring ISD superintendent resigning at end of January after initially announcing 2015 retirement plans

He was a leader for his school district, but we learned Sunday night that Dr. Ralph Draper will no longer be a part of Spring ISD
January 14, 2014 8:35:34 PM PST
Dr. Ralph Draper will no longer leading Spring ISD come February.

Superintendent Draper turned in his resignation Tuesday night, just a few days after he announced his plans to retire in 2015. His resignation will be effective January 31.

"It has been my honor and privilege to serve this district and I thank both past and present board members for the opportunity. I also thank the board, staff, parents and community members for their commitment to our children's success and their support of the district's programs and services during my time as superintendent," Dr. Draper said in a prepared statement.

"Dr. Draper is a man of integrity, which can be witnessed by his early engagement of this board regarding his intent to begin planning for his retirement. This has allowed the board and superintendent adequate time to work collaboratively on a well-thought-out, seamless transition in leadership for our students and staff," Rhonda Faust, Spring ISD Board president, said in a prepared statement.

Spring ISD officials say Dr. Dalane Bouillion, Spring ISD associate superintendent for academics and administration, will serve as interim superintendent.

Draper and the district came under fire following the stabbing of a student at Spring High School in September. Joshua Broussard, 17, died and three others were injured.

More than 130 students left the school following the death. Some members of the community even called for Draper's resignation after the crime and reports of gang issues within the district.

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