BY EMILY GUEVARA
Tyler ISD Superintendent Gary Mooring has announced he will resign effective June 30 of this year.
Mooring, who has been in the position since January 2013, cited health concerns among his reasons for the decision.
In February, the board gave Mooring a strong nod of approval in his first evaluation. The seven trustees unanimously approved a contract extension to the 2015-16 school year and a 4 percent raise, the latter of which bumped his salary up to $192,400.
The raise was the same percentage provided to all TISD administrators this year and the minimum raise received by teaching staff.
Board President the Rev. Orenthia Mason said in an interview at the time that board members were pleased with how Mooring has built relationships with community members and improved the morale of district employees.
He has a cooperative spirit with the central office, campus personnel and the community, she said.
“We appreciate the working relationship that we have with our superintendent,” she said in February. “It was with joy … (and) in our best interests that we reward our superintendent for the great work he has done.”
Mooring came to TISD in August 2012 to serve as interim superintendent. In January 2013, the board hired him for the permanent position.
He had previously served the district as a deputy superintendent in 2006, an interim superintendent in 2007, an interim executive director for special programs, an interim transportation director and consultant to develop the districts operations manual.
He came to TISD in 2012 from Tyler Junior College, where he oversaw the school’s dual-credit program, which enables high school students to earn college credits.
He has about30 years of education experience having served as superintendent of the Hutto and Bishop Consolidated school districts, in addition to TISD.
He began his career as a sixth-grade teacher in Austin in 1981 and has, in addition to his other positions, worked as a principal, assistant principal and teacher.
Other districts he has served in include Jacksonville and Pflugerville.