Improvement, that is the word Plainview ISD Superintendent Dr. Rocky Kirk states best explains what the District is going through in its quest to become a premier district in the Panhandle-South Plains region of Texas. Toward that goal, according to Kirk, is the work of arranging District personnel in a way that finest serves the instant and long-lasting educational needs of its students.
“MerelyBasically, we have to have a vision for the sort of instructionalcurricula, centers and resources neededhad to position our district for the future. As an example, we are unwavering in our dedication to construct appropriate and sustainable Profession and Technical Education offerings that fit the requirements of the companybusiness neighborhood in our region,” specified Kirk.
It is in that spirit of change and looking to the future that the district is making the very first of a number of announcements concerning its campus and district management group. As is often true, one change can have a ‘domino’ impact on other positions in the District.
“Lots ofOften times, when one position becomes available, filling that position produces a vacancy someplaceelsewhere in the leadership line– specifically, when the job is filled from within our own ranks, as we such aswant to do,” stated Kirk.
In February, Karen Kopp, the District’s Executive Director for School Improvement amp; Expert Advancement accepted a position in a suburban Austin-area school district, leaving Plainview ISD to think about the finest way of moving on in this location. The decision was made to re-arrange some of the duties of numerous of the personnel, with a neutral expense impact as the goal. Therefore, Karen’s previous position as Executive Director was re-designed to accommodate a Director for Elementary Instructional Solutions and its counterpart, a Director for Secondary Instructional Solutions. Both positions, according to Kirk are essential to continue the work of advancing the District’s academic performance and to bring the necessary experience and proficiency to the table to support the work of Sharon Wright, the District’s Executive Director for Curriculum amp; Instructional Solutions.
“Sharon has done an exceptional job, an exemplary job of producing a sense of vision and rely on the complex and ever-changing work concerning the academic programs, or much better said, the work that principals and instructors are trying to do in the classrooms all over the District,” stated Kirk.
Ms. Sylvia Suarez, presently principal of Hillcrest Elementary will certainly become the brand-new Director for Elementary Instructional Services. Ms. Suarez, brings a remarkably strong understanding of curriculum and direction to the role. She is steadfast in her dedication to ensuring basically sound educational practices are apparentappear in every class. In addition to working with principals and teachers, one of her main obligations will be fine-tuning the response to intervention procedure at our schools to helpto assist ensure academic success for each student. She is currently in the last phases of her doctoral work at Texas Tech University.
Ms. Robin Straley, the Director of Curriculum, Direction amp; School Improvement in Hart ISD, will certainly end up being the Director for Secondary Instructional Services in Plainview ISD. Ms. Straley’s work experience consists of public-school stints in Frenship ISD and Roosevelt ISD. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies and a minor in Biology from Texas Tech University, and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Lubbock Christian University.
“Robin just was so impressive in the conversations our group had with her during the choice procedure. She is high-energy and her experience and instructional philosophy are a wonderful match for exactly what we are attempting to constructintegrated our district, at the secondary level at this time,” said Kirk.” Robin will certainly be working closely with secondary principals amp; teachers to form the future of our Career and Technical Education program along with classroom instruction.”
Ms. Randa Wrenn, principal of Edgemere Elementary, will certainly be making a step to Plainview High School to become the Partner Principal for Direction. This position became uninhabited earlier this spring semester with the retirement of Linda Eversole.
“Randa is the ideal fit for this position,” mentioned PHS principal Tye Rogers. “Her secondary teaching and administration background will certainly serve us well as she comes by to this position. There are so manya lot of brand-new foods we wantwish to do at the high school, and she will certainly be a big influence in that work.”
Mary Elizabeth Dickerson will certainly become the new principal at College Hill Elementary, with the pending retirement of existing primary Linda Watson. Ms. Dickerson, a native of Plainview, has experience in Dallas ISD, prior to going back to her hometown 2 years back.
According to Linda Watson, present College Hill principal, “Mary Elizabeth has actually done a remarkable job as assistant principal at College Hillside the past 2 years. She loves the school and my heart is at ease knowing she will certainly be leading the school.”
With these announcements, jobs have been produced at Hillcrest Elementary (primary), Edgemere Elementary (principal) and College Hillside (assistant principal). In addition, the District is in the procedure of choosing the next principal for the Houston School. The school will likely be re-named prior to its planned step to the Ash school in the fall of 2015.
According to Executive Director for Personnel Solutions, Brandy Merrick, the District will certainly now focus on the selection of the vacant principal positions and other positions that may end up being open as part of this process.
“Time is of the essence. The sooner the positions are filled, the sooner the work of preparing for the 2015-16 school year can get underway,” said Merrick.