MANY, Louisiana – Sabine Parish Schools Superintendent Sara Ebarb has announced plans to retire on December 31.
Ebarb said she made the decision after much “prayer, deliberation and discussion” with her husband and family. Her husband is retiring for the second time on June 30 and wants her to retire as well, she said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The Lord has blessed me with a long and successful career. There have been some very difficult and challenging times, but most of the time I have had the joy of being an educator at all the levels in which I have served. I thank the Caddo Parish School Board for my 28 years of service. I have learned so much that it has served me well as a superintendent. Caddo gave me the opportunity to grow and develop professionally, and allowed me to learn from the best mentors, Albert Hardison, Ollie Tyler and so many others, ”said Ebarb.
Ebarb said it has been an honor for her to serve on the Sabine Parish School Board, central staff, administration and school staff for the past 10 years.
“I have worked with the best board chairs, Buddy Veuleman, Randy Martin and Terrell Snelling and each has been supportive and always on the side of what is good and fair for our students. The board has a heart for our students and our staff and they want Sabine to be successful academically, athletically and in all other extracurricular opportunities. Our Board of Directors is so proud of their schools and communities and this is paramount to our parish. I am so grateful Thank you, ”she said.
Ebarb said she wanted the board to take steps to hire a superintendent in the fall so she can work with the toward a smooth transition.
“On behalf of our school board, I sincerely wish Dr Ebarb a happy and well-deserved retirement. She served Sabine Parish well and we will all hate to see her go. We thank her for her dedication to the children, the staff and our community, ”said Chairman of the Board Terrell Snelling.