NZ hires temp superintendent

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NORTH ZULCH – The North Zulch School Board has tapped former Iola ISD Superintendent Doug Devine to serve as an interim leader while they conduct a search for the permanent post.

Morris Lyon resigned in October after six years with the district but has stayed around to assist with the search and is planning to attend the district’s school board meeting on Thursday, according to administrators.

Devine, who served as superintendent in Iola from 1998-2013, hit the ground running late last week.

“I’ve met all the staff, and I’m very impressed,” he said. “This is a good district. I want to continue the sound educational practices and learn about what’s happening here. My philosophy is that I’m here to serve.”

The school board is scheduled to discuss hiring a permanent superintendent during closed session on Thursday. Board president Charles Drake Jr. could not be reached for comment at press time.

Devine said he has worked closely with North Zulch residents and board members during his time in Iola.

“I’m not here to make massive changes,” he said. “I’m here to keep the good things going and maybe improve on a few things.”

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