School District Suspends Superintendent

Superintendent Suspended
Itasca Independent School District | Image by Itasca Independent School District/Facebook

The Itasca Independent School District on Monday named an interim superintendent.

Keith Boles accepted the position during a special meeting Monday morning.

Superintendent Michael Stevens was suspended by the Itasca ISD board of trustees after he was arrested in a sex-sting operation, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.

Stevens allegedly messaged a person he thought was a 15-year-old girl, but it actually was an undercover officer, said the Harris County constable who filed charges.

Board president Brian Bassett said no Itasca students were targeted by Stevens.

“Our students are safe and will continue to thrive and succeed with the dedicated attention and service brought by our outstanding parents and staff,” Bassett said.

The board also was considering Stevens’ continued employment status beyond a suspension.

Boles, who is originally from Cooper (northeast of Dallas Delta County), previously had been Itasca’s interim superintendent in 2022.

In an introductory letter to parents in January 2022, Boles said he had retired after 32 years in education in 2019. For 22 of those years, he had been a superintendent.

Itasca is about an hour southwest of Dallas in Hill County.

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