Neubauer to retire as Tomball ISD superintendent

Press Release

Tomball ISD Superintendent John Neubauer submitted a letter of resignation at the District’s board workshop meeting on Monday, Jan. 14.  After 46 years in education, Neubauer said he is looking forward to retiring when his contract ends on June 30, 2013.  “Retirement comes with mixed feelings,” Neubauer said.  “It’s been an honor to serve the students of this district and a pleasure to work with so many wonderful and dedicated people district wide.”

The Tomball ISD Board of Trustees accepted Neubauer’s letter.  “I think John has done an excellent job during his tenure,” Board President John E. McStravick said.  “He has been an asset to our entire school community.  He is a dedicated educator who is loyal, practical, and caring. The District is in great shape thanks to his leadership.  As he plans his retirement, he’ll have more time for his family and his hobbies.”

Neubauer began his education career in 1967 when the 1936 Cherry Street campus was an intermediate school.  His first classroom was in the 1936 school, where he taught sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students.  Neubauer had fond memories of his first day of work as a rookie teacher.  “When I came to Tomball the principal handed me a textbook and a box of chalk and said, ‘Good luck,’” he recalled.

His teaching and coaching experience prepared him to become an assistant principal at Tomball High School.  He was also the principal of Tomball High School for 15 years.  He continued his education career as the assistant superintendent for administration, and was later named superintendent of schools – a position he has held for 16 years.

In 2012, a new administration building opened where the original 1936 school once stood.  The Board of Trustees honored the tenured superintendent by naming the building the John P. Neubauer Administration Building.  With Neubauer at the helm, Tomball ISD has constructed state-of-the-art facilities, increased student enrollment, and enhanced academic programs.  “There have been many changes in education since I began my career. The profession will continue to change, but I believe that Tomball ISD is positioned for greatness,” Neubauer said.

McStravick agreed. “John will leave a legacy of strong leaders who will continue to move the District forward. He has modeled the importance of being proactive and thoughtful when making decisions in the best interest of our students,” McStravick said.

Neubauer’s retirement will be effective at the end of June.  As that date nears, he is planning to spend time with his wife of 40 years, their two sons, and his grandson. “I knew this was a place that I wanted to live and raise my family.  It has been my honor and my privilege to serve the students of this district,” Neubauer said.  “I will miss seeing the successes of our students, teachers, administrators, and all of the friends I have made along the way.”