Outgoing Decatur school board member Alan White was honored Wednesday for 15 years of service to the school district.
An appreciation luncheon drew past and present superintendents, principals and staff to the new administration building, located in the renovated former high school building on Cates Street.
Superintendent Rod Townsend said he appreciated the fact White was always interested in doing what was best for the kids.
“It may not always be the most popular decision to be made, but if it was going to be what was best for kids, he would always support that,” Townsend said. “Mr. White, I appreciate the leadership you’ve given this district over the past 15 years and certainly the leadership you’ve provided me over the last four years.”
Board President Kevin Haney, who has served the past eight years with White, said his fellow trustee had accumulated a wealth of knowledge over the years.
“Alan’s been a real resource for the board and for me in particular as things come up that happened in the past and (explained) why the district has made certain decisions,” Haney said. ” … He’s talked about times the board has had to make decisions about whether they were going to go down to the bank and borrow some money to meet payroll – a little leaner times than what we are experiencing right now.
“A lot of good things have been happening in the district recently. I’m glad he’s been a part of that.”
Townsend presented White with a school bell as a token of appreciation before turning the floor over to him.
White became emotional as he thanked those in attendance, which included his wife, his sixth grade teacher and current pastors.
“I appreciate my wife Cheryl,” he said. “She allowed me to convince her to go to TASB (Texas Association of School Boards) training in San Antonio every summer, which is a great place to spend your summer vacation.”
White said it was “like a hall of fame” of superintendents he got to work with at Decatur, and he thanked the staff for always answering his questions.
“We’ve accomplished a lot in 15 years, (building) Carson Elementary, the high school, Young Elementary, multipurpose building, redoing this place. You can always feel good when you feel like you are leaving something better than you found it, and I’m blessed to feel that way,” he said.
About 45 people attended the luncheon, which was held in an enclosed breezeway-type area between the administration and support services building.