2017-02-15 / Front Page

Acting RISD supt. promises no illegal activities


(Photo by TonyVindell) Dr. DOUGLAS E. MOORE. (Photo by TonyVindell) Saying nothing illegal or immoral will take place under his tutelage, the acting boss of the local school district is keeping a watchful eye until a new superintendent comes on board.

Douglas E. Moore, a seasoned superintendent the board of trustees hired on a temporary basis, said he is just an intermediary between the past district boss and the person who will replace him.

He was referring to Johnny I. Pineda who retired on Jan. 31, after serving 91/ 2 years as the district’s superintendent.

Moore joked, that at 71 years of age, he has no intentions to work full-time as head of the district unless he is hired for life.

“My job is to keep things rolling until the person is hired,” he said on Monday. “I will try to do the best job I can and to make sure nothing illegal or immoral happens here.”

Moore was offered the job after the board hired another person, Bobby McCall, as interim superintendent.

McCall accepted the offer but he wasn’t relieved from his position by Sul Ross University in Alpine, a source said.

Moore, a colorful person with 25 years of experience as superintendent and who holds a doctoral degree in education, said he feels like a migrant worker because his job is sort of seasonal.

He said during his college years he was involved in track and field and made it to All American Athletic Hall of fame at Stephen F. Austin University where he was an anchor on relay team.

Asked how he feels about a “D” score the school district received from the state, Moore said he doesn’t really believe in that.

He said no school districts in Texas got an A, while many others received Ds and even Fs.

“How can you compare a rich with a poor school district? he said.

Moore could be at the helm of the district until April of this year.

April 20 is the expected date the board will vote to hire a new superintendent, according to the district search timeline.

Moore was hired at a $600- per-day salary for a period of 50 days.

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