Corsicana’s Denbow new RISD interim

‘Near full-time’ job for ex-superintendent, city councilman to begin on August 19

Don Denbow was in the Corsicana ISD for 36 years, the final six as superintendent, and served two terms on the city council. Don Denbow was in the Corsicana ISD for 36 years, the final six as superintendent, and served two terms on the city council. A fixture in Corsicana school and city life for almost 40 years, Don Denbow was selected Monday as the interim superintendent for the Rockdale ISD.

Denbow, a retired superintendent, was hired in a unanimous vote by RISD trustees after a marathon five-hour session in which four candidates for the interim job were interviewed.

Trustees had originally scheduled interviews for Monday and Tuesday, but Tuesday’s session was canceled.

Board members also met Friday to name Pam Kaufmann, assistant superintendent for instruction and administration, acting superintendent.

Her tenure will be a short one. Denbow’s first day on the job will be Monday, Aug. 19.

‘INTEGRITY’—“We’re very pleased with this selection,” Lee Jenkins, school board president, said. “Don just radiates integrity.”

The position was envisioned as a three to four day per week job, but that’s been revised. “It’s looking more like four to five days,” Jenkins said. “Just about full time.”

Board members decided to hire an interim superintendent to replace Dr. Howell Wright after their initial choice for the job, Vicki Bridges of Grand Prairie, turned down the offer June 30, one day before she was to have been formally hired.

WINNINGEST—In addition to serving as Corsicana ISD superintendent from 2004 to 2010, Denbow was an assistant superintendent, athletic director, Corsicana High School principal, and teacher-coach.

The winningest football coach in school history, Denbow compiled a 125-51-10 record in his 16 years at the helm.

His teams made the post season 12 times and produced a state finalist and quarterfinalist.

A major league baseball prospect as a third baseman and outfielder, Denbow played two years in the minor leagues in the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system.

He also served two terms on the Corsicana City Council.

Denbow graduated from Corsiciana High School, earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from SMU and his master’s in education, principal and superintendent certification from Stephen F. Austin.

Jenkins said Denbow will be at Monday’s regular 5:30 p.m. school board session in the Central Administration Building.

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