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Adam Holland


Stacey McDowell will become La Porte ISD’s next chief financial officer after unanimous approval on Oct. 11 by the district’s Board of Trustees. She will succeed Rhonda Cumbie, who plans to retire at the end of December after 14 years in the district. 


McDowell, a 1995 La Porte High School graduate, has worked the past 17 years in the Deer Park ISD Business Office. As its director of finance, she is responsible for the financial audit, cash and investments, budgets, grants, bonds and the general ledger.  

“Not only does Mrs. McDowell bring exceptional school finance skills, but she and her family also have deep  
La Porte roots,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Walter Jackson said. “She fully respects and understands our district’s importance to the La Porte community.” 

Prior to graduating from La Porte High School, McDowell attended Jennie Reid Elementary and Leo A. Rizzuto Elementary schools and Baker Junior High School.  

McDowell graduated with cum laude honors from the University of Houston, where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration. Prior to moving into the public education sector, she was an oil and gas accountant for ExxonMobil for six years.  

“Ms. Cumbie has been phenomenal in her role and is leaving a very high bar,” Dr. Jackson said. “Fortunately, Mrs. McDowell’s expertise will enable us to continue our focus on managing a financially responsible budget while supporting the growth and development of our students and teachers.” 

McDowell will begin working in La Porte ISD on Nov. 1 when she will begin a two-month transition period into her new role.