Dr. Dean returns as Williston District 29 interim superintendent
A familiar face is returning to help guide Williston District 29 through another transitional period.
Dr. Everette “Rette” M. Dean Jr. was hired as the district’s interim superintendent during a special meeting on September 27. The action came one week after the resignation of Dr. Missoura Ashe, who was placed on administrative leave by the board’s chairwoman and vice-chairman on August 31. Ashe had been superintendent since March 2015 but
“I look forward to working with the community, staff and teachers. I’m excited about the opportunity to move Williston School District 29 forward,” said Dean, who began his duties in Williston on Monday, October 2.
Dean is no stranger to Williston as he previously served as Williston’s interim superintendent after the retirement of Alexia Clamp in late 2011. He worked from January 2012 until Dr. Tom Siler was hired in June 2012. Siler was with the district approximately two years.
“The board is elated that Dr. Dean agreed to assume, once again, the temporary responsibility for providing leadership to our district,” stated a press release from District 29 Chairwoman Ferlecia Cuthbertson.
Dean has agreed to work four days a week through June 30, 2018, or until a new superintendent is named. He will be paid $500 per day, according to the release.
“The board appreciates Dr. Dean’s willingness to join us here in Williston-Elko, and we have great confidence in his professional ability and integrity. My colleagues and I trust that district employees and members of our community will support Dr. Dean as the interim superintendent.”
He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He earned a master’s and doctoral degrees in education from Nova University.
Dr. Dean has been a public educator for over 40 years. Besides serving as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal he was the superintendent of the Marion 7 school district for 17 years.