Submitted By Jason Gordon
Comal ISD recognized a man who needed no introduction at its December 15 School Board Meeting. Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder, who will officially retire in January, has been a friend to Comal ISD for each and every one of his 20 years in office. Just a couple of examples of the programs that he’s brought to Comal ISD are D.A.R.E., which teaches students decision making for safe and healthy living, and the Junior Deputy Academy, a free weeklong camp for students between the ages of 9 and 11 held at each of the district’s three feeder patterns each summer.
Since Sheriff Holder brought D.A.R.E. to Comal ISD campuses, approximately 15,000 students have gone through the program. Nearly 3,000 students have attended the Junior Deputy Academy. “Perhaps just as important, whenever a current student, a graduate or a Comal ISD faculty member sees Sherriff Holder in a restaurant, a coffee shop or anywhere else in the county, they know can walk up to him and he’ll shake their hand, look them in the eye and flash that gracious smile we’ve all come to love,” said Steve Stanford, Comal ISD Executive Director of Communications. “Sheriff Holder, thank you for 20 years of unselfish service provided to the students and staff of the Comal Independent School District.”
When asked to speak a few words, the always humble Holder thanked his campus Student Resource Officers and reiterated the fact he’s so glad D.A.R.E. and the Jr. Deputy Academy have been such big successes in Comal ISD, before giving credit to his entire workforce. “I’m particularly proud of the work and the bonds we’ve created within this school district, Comal ISD,” Holder said. “But it’s not just the one man standing here who created them, it’s all the men and women who work in the Sheriff’s Office who deserve all the credit. They not only deserve the credit, they will carry on the traditions we have started.”