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December 11, 2014


Dr. James Cowley named superintendent


cowleyThe Calhoun County Independent School District (CCISD) Board of Trustees announced on December 11 that Dr. James Cowley has been named to serve as superintendent of schools.

The Board officially approved Cowley, who was recently-announced as “Lone Finalist”, for the position at a special-called meeting.

“The board is proud to welcome Dr. Cowley to Calhoun County ISD,” said Board President Steve Marwitz. “Dr. Cowley’s professional experiences and vision makes him the right choice to lead our schools.”

Cowley plans to relocate to the area and begin his work with the district on January 1, 2015.

"I am honored to be selected as superintendent for Calhoun County ISD and look forward to becoming a part of the community,” Cowley said. “I’m eager to begin working with teachers, staff members and administrators to provide the best education possible for our students and meet the educational expectations of our community stakeholders.” 

Cowley is currently Superintendent of Linden-Kildare CISD, where he has served since 2011.  He has also served as Assistant Superintendent and Curriculum Coordinator for Sunnyvale ISD, and at Saltillo ISD, he served as Elementary Principal, High School Principal and Director of Assessment and Technology.

Prior to Cowley’s administrative experience, he obtained fifteen years of classroom teaching experience in Junior High Science. Additionally, he was an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce from 2001 to 2005 and an adjunct professor for Dallas Baptist University from 2012-2014.

Cowley holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education and Agri-business, a Master of Education with a Minor in earth science and a Doctor of Educational Administration with an emphasis in elementary education. Cowley served as President of Texas Rural Education Association (TREA) in 2010-2011 and was chosen as the TREA Superintendent of the Year for 2012.

Cowley’s wife of more than 26 years, Carol, is a thirty year veteran educator and is currently the lead counselor at Sulphur Springs High School.Cowley’s daughter, Jessica, is a senior at Mississippi State University majoring in Animal and Dairy Science with an emphasis in Veterinary Science. His son, Jarred, is a sophomore Accounting Major at Mississippi State University.

Cowley’s parents were both educators in Texas public schools and his father, Harold Cowley, is a former Superintendent as well.

The process to fill the vacant superintendent position began in September, after the board hired an executive recruiting firm to facilitate a comprehensive search. Staff and community members provided feedback into the search in October and the Board interviewed the five most-qualified applicants in November.



Flu Tips



Calhoun County ISD cares about the health, well-being, and safety of all students and staff. To ensure the health and safety of all, the District will continue to monitor the campuses, encourage prevention, and respond to situations dilligently.


What is North American (H1N1) flu?
North American flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs.

What are the signs and symptoms of H1N1 flu in people?
The symptoms of H1N1 flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with H1N1 flu.

How does H1N1 flu spread?
Spread of this H1N1 virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

What should I do to keep from getting the flu?
First and most important: wash your hands. Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Try not touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?
There is no vaccine available right now to protect against H1N1 flu. There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. Take these everyday steps to protect your health:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.



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