Elkhart ISD

Ray DeSpain resigned as superintendent of the Elkhart Independent School District, effective Aug. 31, after heading the district for more than six years. His resignation came at Monday night's School Board meeting.

In a prepared statement, DeSpain cited “pressing family medical issues.” School Board members have already begun a search for a new superintendent.

“We greatly appreciate Dr. DeSpain,” School Board member Kevin Bush said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

DeSpain has served as superintendent of Elkhart schools since January 2012. He said he's proud of Elkhart's academic and extracurricular accomplishments, thanking the School Board, administrators, faculty, staff, and students.

Elkhart High School earned a National Bronze Medal in 2017 from U.S. News and World Report; it was ranked No. 262 among all Texas high schools.

Prior to joining Elkhart schools, DeSpain led the Alto school district in Cherokee County for six years.

Elkhart has 1,215 students districtwide.

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