This school year will be the final one for Houston High School principal Charlie Malam.

Superintendent Scott Dill announced Thursday morning the school board accepted Malam’s resignation during the closed session of last week’s monthly meeting. Malam is retiring after 30 years in education.

“He is a once-in-a-generation educator,” Dill said. “Working with him has been one of the highlights of my professional career.”

Malam served two stints at his alma mater. He served in various capacities for 21 years at Houston Schools and was the middle school principal when he resigned in 2007 to accept the same position at Willow Springs. He was the superintendent at Raymondville Schools when he was hired in 2012 to become HHS principal.

Dill said Malam’s values have defined his career.

“He is a man of tremendous personal character, and it shows in his decision making,” Dill said. “He cares deeply about students –– both their education and who they are in a broader context.

“He has been very good to the Houston School District. He will be sorely missed.”

Dill said Malam’s position was posted online last week. He said a committee of high school teachers will form soon to begin the process of hiring his replacement.

“One of the nice things about Mr. Malam’s resignation at this point in the school year is it provides the district plenty of latitude in terms of taking applications, reviewing them and making the best possible decision to ensure that we select the best leader possible,” Dill said.

Malam’s wife, Lisa, will continue to work in the district as middle school secretary.

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