Whitehouse ISD close to naming HS principal

Published on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 23:46 - Written by By Kelly Gooch kgooch@tylerpaper.com

Whitehouse ISD is going through a series of personnel changes.

That includes the promotion of the district’s high school principal, Duane Barber, who is slated to become an assistant superintendent.

Superintendent Daniel DuPree said Barber will be over transportation, school nutrition, maintenance and grounds and facilities, while Assistant Superintendent Richard Peacock, who is the current athletic director, continues to be over student disciplinary issues and policy issues, among other things.

He said it’s still challenging to do things with less money, and the district has allocated duties to different people in recent years. But now, he said his objective is “continuity of services.”

“Basically, we’re just looking forward to getting some of these duties reorganized and ... keep things going in the right direction,” DuPree said.

DuPree said Barber potentially could start as assistant superintendent next semester, depending on when a new high school principal is in place.

The high school principal search has been ongoing since the summer, DuPree said, and he plans to recommend someone to the school board during a special meeting set for 8 a.m. Saturday at the Whitehouse Wildcat Annex.

Barber said he has been focused on his principal position, and once a replacement is brought in, he will be able to focus completely on his new role.

“I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be something new in my career,” he said.

Meanwhile, in other personnel news, DuPree said the district’s junior high principal, Jarrod Bitter, is leaving to go to Canton ISD, so Whitehouse is working to fill that position as well.