The retirement party for outgoing Avalon ISD superintendent Dr. David Del Bosque will take place Saturday as a way to recognize his influence on the district and celebrate his career in education.

The public is invited to the celebration that will take place at the J.P. Griffith Gymnasium on Saturday. Presentations from elementary and high school representatives will be displayed along with a video presentation for the honoree. The special guest speaker is Dr. Kenneth Martin, a retired president of Navarro College Waxahachie campus.

Tickets are on sale for $7.50 for adults and $5 for children. Funds raised will contribute to the Avalon Orange and White Scholarship Fund and the Riley-Dirk Human Resources Fund.

Del Bosque dedicated the last 39 years to education and the previous 25 in Avalon ISD.

The outgoing superintendent worked for Navarro Colege as a counselor/coordinator of special services, and later at the University of Texas Medical Branch of Galveston as a faculty associate/counselor.

He then served as the high school principal at St. Jon Nepomucene Catholic School in Ennis from 1985 — 1994. Del Bosque then began his Avalon journey as he served as the ESL teacher and baseball coach, the junior high principal, textbook coordinator, director of special programs.

He worked as the high school principal and associate superintendent before hired as the superintendent in 2002.

Del Bosque’s last day is June 30, and current high school principal Khristopher Marshall will resume all responsibilities on July 1.

Marshall is a 1992 Ennis High School graduate who has worked for AISD for 20 years. Marshall started out as a fifth-grade classroom teacher and coach with AISD, later serving as the district assistant principal and, for the past 10 years, as the high school principal.

There are two ideals Marshall learned from Del Bosque that he would definitely implement as superintendent: Put the kids first and care for the staff.

In the 93 years that Avalon ISD has been open, a total of seven superintendents have served. Del Bosque is the most recent, and Avalon principal Marshall will be the eighth superintendent.