Klein ISD Superintendent Bret Champion resigns
The superintendent of Klein Independent School District, Bret Champion, is resigning.
Champion announced May 21 that he accepted a position as superintendent of the Medford School District in Oregon. He assumes the new role July 1, according to his letter to the Klein community posted on the Klein ISD website. Champion has served as superintendent of Klein ISD since 2016.
“With both our boys recently graduating college and after a personal medical scare (all is well, thank goodness), I began to consider my next chapter as an educator,” Champion stated in the letter. “In that context, when I learned of the job in Medford, it seemed like an interesting next step.”
Champion said he is glad to have worked for the district and its staff, and will bring the strength and collaboration he learned with the district to his next position.
“This is a district that collectively came together and created a shared vision and now is taking steps to make sure that that shared vision comes to life,” he said. “I am proud to have played a small part in that work. That work is the community’s vision and I’m confident that with the strong leadership that’s in place here, that work will continue.”
George Reitmeier, president of the Klein ISD school board, released a statement about Champion’s departure, wishing him and his family success. The district is starting the search for another superintendent and hopes to find one no later than July 1, he said in the statement.
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Reitmeier said there will be no interim superintendent, but that the next superintendent will be chosen soon.
“The position will post internally (May 22), per board policy,” Reitmeier said in the statement. “We hope to name a lone finalist in early June and will call a Board meeting once that decision is made. Texas Law requires a 21-day waiting period before the new Superintendent can be named.”
The Medford School District released a statement announcing Champion as their new superintendent on May 21. In the statement, MSD said they began their initial search for a superintendent in March. The district will vote to approve his contract on July 1.
“Dr. Champion is a great fit for Medford,” said MSD Board Chair Cynthia Wright in a statement. “His skills as a communicator and collaborator, his experience with innovation and pathways, his focus on every child succeeding, and his work with large financial budgets all uniquely qualify him as the candidate of choice.”
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Champion said he will miss the district.
“Because of the remarkable people in Klein ISD, the district is in great hands, and I am confident that the wonderful work of ensuing every student enters with a promise of exits with a purpose will continue,” he stated.