The Superintendent of the Kountze Independent School District Just Resigned

It’s been a while since we’ve heard about the Kountze High School cheerleaders and their Bible-promoting banners. There still won’t be a decision in the case until the summer.

But here’s an interesting twist in the saga: Superintendent Kevin Weldon had been the person who told the cheerleaders they must take down their banners… until a judge later issued a temporary injunction allowing them to keep them up. (The final ruling is the one we’re all anxiously anticipating.) Weldon did the right thing and took a lot of (metaphorical) punches for it.

Yesterday, though, Weldon resigned from his position:

Superintendent Kevin Weldon

12 News HD has learned that Kountze Independent School District superintendent Kevin Weldon has resigned his position after only about two years at the helm.

District trustees have called a special meeting for Friday, December 21 at 5 p.m. to accept his resignation “…conditioned upon the acceptance of a Superintendent position with another school district.” They are then expected to name an interim replacement.

Did his resignation have anything to do with the cheerleaders?

Was it voluntary or forced?

We have no clue.

It sounds like he has another job lined up, though. Hopefully it’s somewhere where his judgments are respected instead of wrongly challenged.

There’s no word yet on if/how this might affect the cheerleaders’ case or what role, if any, the new superintendent will have in the case.

(Thanks to Kacy for the link!)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • Dwayne_Windham

    Likely smart enough to see the handwriting on the wall – that he’d been black-balled career-wise in that district. A wise career decision, even if the district clearly needs more people like him to stop them from wasting precious taxpayer money on lawsuits.

    • amycas

       Your comment really confused me, and I had to read it twice–because you said “career-wise” in one sentence and then immediately said “wise career” in the next. I don’t know why my brain plays tricks on me with stuff like this.

      • 7Footpiper

        I’m sure science has an answer!

      • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

        Because it can.


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