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Long-time Simms, Texas, Superintendent Rex Burks retires

by Andrew Bell | November 15, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.
REX BURKS (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Cokeley/SISD)

SIMMS, Texas -- After 25 years of service to the school district here, Rex Burks announced his retirement as Superintendent of Schools.

An agreement has been reached, which permits the Simms Independent School District Board of Trustees to pursue hiring another superintendent. The board and superintendent have entered into the agreement believing it is in their respective interests and in the best interests of the district.

Burks came to the district in July of 1997 to serve as the athletic director and head football coach. He added the responsibilities of assistant principal and then became high school principal while still serving as the athletic director.

In July of 2003, Burks became the superintendent. Since then, he has overseen many accomplishments academically, financially and otherwise that have been achieved by the district.

Over the past 18 years, Burks and the board successfully navigated several construction projects and saw improved test scores. In his tenure, the district fund balance grew to $5.7 million. Even with the cost of numerous projects over the years, the District currently has a fund balance of $4.3 million.

In a news release, the board thanked Burks for his service, and Burks thanked the board for its dedication to helping students during his tenure.

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