By GREG RUSSELL, Register Staff Writer
Gainesville Daily Register
Callisburg ISD Superintendent Charles Holloway recently was hired as superintendent at Tioga ISD and will take its lead this fall.
The Tioga ISD Board of Trustees announced him their lone finalist at a Monday school board meeting, and will officially hire him 21 days from that day in accord with state law.
Holloway, 63, had joined the Callisburg district in 2003, following educational service in the Grand Prairie, Keller, Cleburne, Seguin, Groesbeck and central Georgia school districts. In his new job, which possibly begins in late July, he will replace Tioga superintendent Andy Baker, who will transfer to Edgewood ISD.
“It’s exciting, even with the number of years I’ve got in — a new challenge, a new place,” said Holloway, adding he will continue to reside in the Callisburg school district.
The superintendent said his transfer to Tioga came from an interest in helping its district grow and gain a thriving high school, something it hasn’t had in years due to a dwindled population.
But with Tioga’s proximity to new tollways and a rising potential for migration from other cities, its prospects look healthy.
“It’s going to explode down there,” Holloway said. “So it’s something that appeals to me.”
Tioga ISD secretary Alexa Payne explained Holloway will also serve in a principal capacity since current principal Bess Gressett is retiring. She added there are no plans to hire another principal, though Holloway will have an assistant.
“I get to have direct contact with students every day and that’s something I’ve missed since I left the high school principalship in ‘85,” Holloway said.
The superintendent said one appeal of the Callisburg and Tioga districts is they’re nearly the size of the schools he attended as a student. And during his eight years in Callisburg, Holloway said, he’s been surrounded by an outstanding crowd.
“You couldn’t ask for a better group of young people to work with — from elementary all the way up,” he said. “We’ve had our challenges but the students and staff have always met those challenges and we’ve been recognized every year. It’s just one of the most enjoyable jobs I’ve ever had; I never dreamed when I came here in ‘03 that we were going to start a new high school in ‘07.”
And for Holloway, having a job is having a purpose.
“This is what keeps you going,” he said. “If I retire? I don’t play golf, and I’d have to have another kind of job doing something. So why not continue to do what you enjoy doing as long as the good Lord gives you good health?
“He puts you on this earth for a reason,” Holloway said. “And I guess mine was to be an educator.”