Cuero principal says he is leaving job, not retiring

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

June 7, 2013 at 1:07 a.m.

Contrary to previous reports, Donnie Garrison, 59, of Cuero, is not retiring.

"I'm only 59 years old. I want to work some more," said the Cuero Junior High School principal. "I'm just exploring my options."

He submitted his resignation last month to Cuero school district Superintendent James Haley but did not mention retirement, Garrison said.

On Thursday, in a story about the school district hiring Garrison's replacement, Haley said Garrison planned to re-enter retirement.

"It baffled me," Garrison said. "I thought, 'Why would he say that?' I've never talked to him about retirement."

The superintendent was in an all-district meeting Friday when the Advocate contacted him for a response.

"I don't want to stir up any trouble," Garrison said. "But I don't want people to throw away my job applications thinking I've decided to retire."

Previously, Garrison served Westhoff school district as superintendent for eight years. Before that, he served Lumberton school district near Beaumont as a teacher and administrator for 16 years.

"I've got a few more years in me, and I still enjoy working with kids a lot," Garrison said. "When they succeed, you feel like you've succeeded."

His last day with Cuero school district is June 28.

"I was very fortunate to work with a good group of teachers," Garrison said. "I was very blessed to get this job."



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