TEA investigating former Overton ISD ...

TEA investigating former Overton ISD superintendent's suspected misconduct

There are 14 comments on the News-journal.com story from Feb 17, 2008, titled TEA investigating former Overton ISD superintendent's suspected misconduct. In it, News-journal.com reports that:

“I know that there are financial improprieties”

The Texas Education Agency is investigating whether Mark Stretcher, former Overton Independent School District superintendent, engaged in misconduct with school funds. via News-journal.com

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dena york

Mount Pleasant, TX

#1 Mar 21, 2008
My Husband and I find this hard to believe. We believe Mark Stretcher to be a decent person.
john smith

Tyler, TX

#2 Mar 23, 2008
Dan the Man

Bryan, TX

#3 Mar 23, 2008
How is it in this day and age that people still think "decent people" can't give into temptation?

No one said he was guilty of anything, just wondering and interested.

My husband and I have no opinion of him one way or the other.
john smith

Tyler, TX

#4 Apr 26, 2008
does any knows whats going at this time
seth luman

Longview, TX

#5 Jun 30, 2008
well he pled guilty and got 5 years probation and thats the last thing that has happened that i know of
Stacie Watson

Wichita Falls, TX

#6 Jul 15, 2008
Mark Stretcher was a previous superintendent at Windthorst ISD, and is believed to have stolen cash and checks that were given to him or his wife. They were donations from citizens that were to be added to a scholarhsip fund for a former student of Windthorst ISD who passed away in 1994. The checks were destroyed, and no one knows exactly how much money was taken. PLEASE do not trust this man! Anyone can put on a show when they're a criminal, and it's obvious that he is when he pleaded guilty to his current charges!!! I'm sorry to see that he has been distrustful and dishonest to more people in other communities!

Orange, TX

#7 Aug 28, 2008
At least Dr. Stretcher wasn't molesting his students or watching child porn from his school computer, like Harold Scallon, Brian Basse and the rest of them in Rusk Texas.
Half the RUSK ISD school teachers resigned in January or the rest are on there way. Just the holdouts and locals who protected the likes of Scallon are still working there.
Then they want to pretend they never worked with a child pornographer like Harold Scallon, even though he worked for Rusk ISD for 30 years.
peter r ellis

Humble, TX

#8 Sep 9, 2008
what dr stretcher did to any and all schools that he took funds and tax payer money from was down right simple theft on all levels , the trust that he took from the people that was given to him has made this a strong wake up call; always check an double check on whom the school put in charge.
what the old saying the fox in the hen house.
Tara Eiden

Dallas, TX

#9 May 15, 2009
I am very saddened to hear such a thing. It is unfortunate. He was my AG teach back in 1987 at Mabank HS...this is not the man I new back then. I don't know what could have provoked this....it's just very sad and, yes, certainly wrong.

Longview, TX

#10 Jun 26, 2009
what about mineola and quitman

Graham, TX

#11 Mar 13, 2011
I am not at all surprised.

Lubbock, TX

#12 Mar 22, 2011
Y'all obviously son't know the scum that was on the school board in Overton at the time at all of this. They were mad they caouldn't have their way and wanted him to resign. When he souldn't they started coming up with all sourts of crap to get him to leave.
Duke Steele

Diboll, TX

#13 Sep 2, 2011
Public school administrators are, by in large, most interested in protecting their own positions.

Teachers who complain about incompetence and waste are labelled as being problems and are written up for every possible triviality - both actual and contrived.

Once identified as being a "problem", a teacher can be retroactively written up - for alleged offenses that occurred months earlier.

These teachers also find that they are held to far more rigorous performance standards than other teachers and receive every unpleasant and difficult assignment.

Veteran teachers are urged to retire as early as possible so that they can be replaced by inexperienced new grads who are paid less.

Public schools are supposed to be operated for the benefit of the students.

But never forget - they're REALLY run for the benefit of the administrators.

Former student

Henderson, TX

#14 Dec 22, 2012
I know this was from over a yr ago, but my father was on the school board when all this happened with Dr. Stretcher. My father is not scum and had a lot of respect for Dr. Stretcher. His actions had nothing to do with what the school board wanted or didn't want. My father stood up for him until the truth came out and proved he was guilty. And if I recall correctly, there were a lot of respectable men on the board at this time.
wtf wrote:
Y'all obviously son't know the scum that was on the school board in Overton at the time at all of this. They were mad they caouldn't have their way and wanted him to resign. When he souldn't they started coming up with all sourts of crap to get him to leave.

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