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Burnthorn named Spurger ISD lone finalist

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By Chris Edwards
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BurnthornBurnthornSPURGER – Spurger ISD recently announced Jeff Burnthorn as the district’s lone finalist to lead the district as superintendent.

Burnthorn will fill the position after the resignation of Morgan Wright. He will be welcomed aboard with a meet and greet on Thursday, June 29, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Spurger ISD cafeteria.

“Spurger is an amazing place with amazing people,” Burnthorn said, and added that he “can’t wait to get started” as the district’s lead administrator.

Most recently, Burnthorn served as Executive Director of Secondary and School Services with Silsbee ISD, a position he has held since 2020. In that time, he developed and administered a teacher incentive allotment, and among other achievements, supported the creation of the Silsbee Education Foundation.

Burnthorn holds a BA in history with a minor in economics from Lamar University, which he obtained in 2000. He also earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and his superintendent certification in 2012 and 2022, respectively.

As an educator, he has served the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD for 11 years and was named the district’s “Teacher of the Year” for 2012-13.

“I am excited about the opportunity to support our principals, teachers, and school personnel in our journey towards providing the best educational experience for every student in Spurger ISD,” Burnthorn said.

Burnthorn’s wife, Peggy Hatton Burnthorn, to whom he has been married for 28 years, is a Spurger native, and teaches algebra at Spurger ISD.

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