Tyler ISD prepares to hire principal for new middle school location

Published on Thursday, 17 April 2014 22:04 - Written by Emily Guevara eguevara@tylerpaper.com

Tyler ISD plans to hire the principal of the new middle school on Three Lakes Parkway next month as it aims for a start date of July 1.

Kim Tunnell, TISD’s chief leadership and performance officer, outlined the plan for the selection and hiring of the school’s principal during a board meeting on Thursday.

The campus is one of three new middle schools being built as part of the $160.5 million bond package approved by TISD voters in May 2013.

It is the first new nonreplacement school to the district since 2007 and is slated to open in fall 2015.

“(There are) a lot of decisions to be made, but it’s really critical that the campus administrator be a part of that,” Ms. Tunnell said.

The district is gathering suggestions for parent representatives to form a committee and assist with the principal hiring process.

Representatives will come from each of the nine campuses that will have students at the new middle school.

These campuses are Caldwell, Dixie, Jack, Jones, Owens and Peete elementary schools and Hogg, Hubbard and Stewart middle schools.

The number of representatives from each campus will be proportional to the number of students from that campus that will attend the new middle school.

The committee will help screen the applicants and be involved in the interviewing process, Ms. Tunnell said. The committee will then make a recommendation to the superintendent, who will make the final decision on the recommendation to submit to the school board.

Ms. Tunnell said the principal position has been posted for several months and TISD already has received applications.

In other business, the board:

Approved the resignation of Superintendent Gary Mooring. Last week, Mooring announced his departure, which is effective June 30. He cited ongoing health issues associated with type 2 diabetes as the reason for his decision. Board President the Rev. Orenthia Mason said the board will post the position on its website along with the websites of other professional organizations on Monday. The district will accept applications through May 30. At this time, the board has decided to conduct the search itself rather than hire a search firm.

Approved a graduation plan that district officials have said will provide students with greater flexibility to design a program that fits their educational and postsecondary goals. The program as outlined by the state includes a Foundation Plan with endorsements and the possibility for distinguished achievement and performance acknowledgements. The state will require students to select an endorsement in at least one of five possible areas before entering high school. The endorsements areas are: STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), business and industry, public services, arts and humanities and multidisciplinary studies.

Approved renovations at Dogan and Hubbard middle schools. Committees on each campus helped to prioritize what needed to be done.

The Dogan renovations and improvements will include remodeling four student restrooms, upgrading hallway lighting, painting the campus, fencing the perimeter, expanding the cafeteria and upgrading security, surveillance and access control, according to district information.

The Hubbard renovations and improvements will include remodeling all student restrooms, upgrading hallway lighting and the ceiling, replacing the gym windows and wall, keyless system for the staff, painting the campus, fencing, installing new flooring in the administration and hallway areas and the installing a running track around the practice field