John Spies ended his six-year run as superintendent of Van Alstyne Independent School District with his final official appearance at the regularly scheduled board of trustees meeting on May 15.

Spies was recognized at the meeting for his outgoing service to the district. The board members presented him with a leather organizer for his service as superintendent, as well as a cake for the board to enjoy.

On May 7 the community gathered to celebrate Spies and remember his time serving in public education. Spies has spent 40 years in education and six years serving as Van Asltyne ISD’s superintendent.

During a school board meeting earlier this year, Assistant Superintendent David Brown was selected as the lone finalist to fill the void Spies would leave behind.

At the May 7 reception, board president Randall Morgan said he and the board are excited that it is Brown who will continue advancing the district.

“He has the same high expectations that the board has and that John had,” Morgan said at the reception. “He’ll bring new ideas as the district continues to grow, beginning with the new elementary school.”

Spies said although he plans to enjoy retirement, he will be watching the growth and advancements of the Van Alstyne school district closely since he has grandchildren learning in the district.