WELLS – If his face seems familiar, it's for a good reason: Former Wells ISD superintendent Dale Morton is back in town as interim superintendent until a new leader is hired.
“When I came back as interim, I was tremendously impressed with state of the district,” said Morton, who retired in 2016, succeeded by James Moore, who resigned in July to take a job with Ennis ISD as its Director of Accountability and Compliance. “It seems to me that people are really appreciative of Mr. Moore, who has done some great work – the A's on the state report card is because of the work that Mr. Moore and his team did.”
Moore was a school principal under Morton's tenure, then served four years as WISD superintendent before starting his new job Aug. 5 in Ennis.
While there has been “no discussion yet about how the search (for a new superintendent) will go forward,” Morton said he anticipates he will serve in an interim capacity for most of the school year.
“I'm honored to be back,” he said, noting that prior to serving as schools superintendent from 1997 to 2016, he was principal of the elementary campus from 1995 to 1997.
His primary goal is to assist the school board “in any way they need in bringing in a permanent leader for district, hopefully for many years to come,” as well as helping “establish a new generation of leadership that will be sustained for a long time,” Morton said.
He also hopes to help ensure “continued academic growth, and to (help students) achieve the goals that each create for his or her own potential in academics and personal attainment,” he said.
In the meantime, he is proud of Moore's accomplishments as head of the local school district.
“He should be credited with tremendous gains in the district – everywhere I look, I see quality and achievement that are testimonies to the work that Mr. Moore and the principals, staff and community have accomplished together. And it really has been rewarding to get to see that,” he said.
The biggest challenge thus far?
“Often times we forget about it when we see them daily, but the students have changed – I have to pull out a yearbook” to jog his memory, he laughed. “But it's rewarding to be back and be a part of educating students again.”
In addition to serving as the Wells ISD interim superintendent, Morton is pastor of New Life Christian Fellowship in Nacogdoches.