News

Woodson ISD launches investigation into superintendent's sudden resignation

WOODSON, Texas - Woodson ISD has launched an investigation after last week's abrupt resignation of Superintendent Gordon Thomas.

Thomas submitted his resignation Friday, stating he was retiring effective immediately after calling “Woodson home for over 25 years.”

The Woodson ISD Board of Trustees accepted Thomas’ resignation at a special meeting Monday night. They appointed Danny Bellah interim superintendent. Bellah retired in 2011.

Woodson ISD Principal Casey Adams told KTXS he couldn't discuss the reasoning behind the investigation because it involves personnel matters.  

When asked if any other agencies including the Throckmorton Sheriff’s Office are assisting with the investigation, Adams said no. However, he said the district will turn over their findings to the Texas Education Agency.

Previous story

Former Woodson ISD Superintendent Gordon Thomas resigned Friday, and though district officials wouldn't say why Thomas quit, Danny Bellah was appointed interim superintendent at a special-called meeting Monday night.

But the board also had to swear in a new member remotely. Before Bellah could be appointed as interim superintendent, Brady Miller resigned to prevent any nepotism.

The school district, with about 160 students in Throckmorton County between Throckmorton and Breckenridge, was without a superintendent over the weekend after Thomas resigned Friday.

A former school board member told KTXS Thomas called a mandatory meeting at the end of the school day Friday to announce he was resigning, effective immediately. He did not give the staff a reason.

That former board member estimated Thomas had been with the district for more than 20 years.

Thomas had been superintendent since 2011. He was also the girls basketball and track coach.

The school principal did not want to comment or issue a statement about Thomas’s resignation on the advice of the district’s attorney.

We also reached out to every member of the school board. They did not get back with us for comment.

Previous story

Woodson ISD is looking for a new superintendent after their current leader abruptly resigned.

Superintendent Gordon Thomas, 55, submitted his resignation Friday. But the school district would not say why when contacted by KTXS.

According to a former school board member, Thomas called a mandatory meeting at the end of the school day Friday to announce he was resigning effective immediately. He did not get the staff a reason.

"Its a shock to our school. It's a shock to everybody," the board member said.

The school board has called a special meeting for 6 p.m. where trustees will discuss accepting Thomas’ resignation and appointing an interim superintendent.

The board will also consider the resignation of a trustee. The agenda did not state which trustee has resigned.

Thomas was also the girls’ basketball and track coach. He had been superintendent since 2011. Before that, he was a football coach and principal. The board member estimated Thomas has been with the district for more than 20 years.

KTXS reached out to Woodson ISD School Board President Gary Brockman and the rest of the board. We have not heard back.

Woodson is located on Hwy 183 between Throckmorton and Breckenridge. It is 66 miles northeast of Abilene.


Recent Headlines

Local Mugshots

Local News -