SPRING, Texas -

Spring ISD Superintendent Ralph H. Draper officially announced Thursday his intent to retire as of January 2015.

On Tuesday, the Spring ISD Board of Trustees officially accepted Draper's resignation.

“Dr. Draper is a man of integrity, which can be witnessed by his early engagement of this board, regarding his intent to begin planning for his retirement,"said Rhonda Faust, Spring ISD Board president. "This has allowed the board and superintendent adequate time to work collaboratively on a well-thought-out, seamless transition in leadership for our students and staff.”

An agreement was met where Draper will be allowed to pursue other interests, permitting the board to proceed in filling the role of superintendent. Spring ISD Associate Superintendent Dalane Bouillion, for academics and administration, will serve as interim superintendent in the meantime.

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve this district and I thank both past and present board members for the opportunity," Draper said. "I also thank the board, staff, parents and community members for their commitment to our children’s success and their support of the district’s programs and services during my time as superintendent."

Many board members expressed their appreciation of Draper's innovative programs and commitment to transforming public education to better meet the needs of 21st century students.

“Dr. Draper has dedicated his life to the upbringing and preparation of young people and has worked to implement innovative methodologies and programs to address unique challenges in our district. We appreciate his years of leadership, and respect and support his unilateral decision to begin his retirement after 30-plus years in education, nine of those years in Spring ISD,” Faust said.