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Spring Hill names junior high principal, athletic director

By Angela Ward award@news-journal.com
April 29, 2013 at 11 p.m.


The Board of Trustees for Spring Hill Independent School District on Monday named Mark Sartain as the new <a href="http://www.news-journal.com/etvarsity/high_school/new-spring-hill-athletic-director-brings-experience-to-field/article_c1f777fa-77cb-59dd-94ab-7df273163636.html">athletic director/head football coach</a> and Kathy Parker as the new junior high principal.

The board unanimously approved the candidates.

Parker is the assistant principal at James S. Hogg Middle School in Tyler.

David Reed, the junior high principal, announced his retirement earlier this year. Reed, 58, has been with the district for 27 years and has been the junior high principal for 16 years.

"I have been blessed in many ways during my 27 years at Spring Hill," Reed said. "I have worked with some amazing people and Spring Hill has some of the best students you'll find anywhere."

Prior to becoming principal, he was a science teacher and coach at both the high school and junior high.

Superintendent Wes Jones said he believes Parker will be an asset to the district.

"Kathy Parker will help us in many areas that we plan to implement over the next year and into the future," Jones said.

These areas include Professional Learning Communities, creative scheduling and success in raising campus test scores, he said.

"We look forward to her leadership," Jones said. "She is a fine person and I think our staff will work well with her."

Parker has been assistant principal at Hogg Middle School since 2009. Prior to that, she was the assistant principal at Dogan Middle School in Tyler for three years. She has also worked as a teacher at Moore MST Middle School and Winona High School.

Parker graduated from Angelo State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance in 1987. She became certified as a teacher in 1999 and completed her master of education degree from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2006.

Board president Claudine Giffin said she was happy with the selection of Parker and Sartain.

"I'm very excited about having her (Parker) join our district," Giffin said. "She's got a lot of creative, innovative ideas that I think will greatly benefit out students."

Achievements at Hogg since Parker has been part of the administrative team include moving from Academically Unacceptable to Recognized in one year, Gold Performance from the Texas Education Agency in math and reading and the establishment of Professional Learning Communities.

"I'm excited about this opportunity and looking forward to meeting the students, parents and community of the Spring Hill Independent School District," Parker said.

In other business, the board also approved two bids that comprise separate components of its auditorium renovation. They were a bid of $21,800 from Scott Nolan for ceiling repair and painting and a bid of $9,128 from Visual Techniques for a master audio system.

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