Raymondville superintendent leaving for Steelville

Raymondville Superintendent Nathan Holder is leaving the school for the same position at Steelville.

Holder is concluding his third year at Raymondville. His new duties begin July 1.

“I’m very excited,” Holder told the Saint James Press. “I was very impressed with the community, especially with the sense of community pride and support of the schools.”

Holder was chose among six finalists for the position. Representatives from the district visited the communities of the top two candidates. The other candidate was not named.

“I’m pleased that the board voted unanimously to hire him,” Steelville school board president Mike Kemnitzer told the Saint James Press. “I’m very impressed with him. He brings administrative experience, and he started as a teacher and basketball coach. (This position) will be a challenge for him but I’m more than confident that he’ll step up to the task.”

Holder, a 1993 Houston High School graduate and finalist in January 2008 for the superintendent position at his alma mater that went to Dr. Dan Vandiver, is familiar with the area. He spent two years as a teacher at nearby Bourbon. He and his wife, Chi, will relocate to Steelville this summer.

“I’m looking forward to coming to Steelville and becoming part of the community,” Holder said. “I’m excited about the opportunity and looking forward to meeting and getting to know people.”

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