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Yorktown seeking new principal for elementary school

By Sonny Long
Oct. 1, 2013 at 5:01 a.m.

Construction continues next to the Yorktown school district administration office on a new parking lot and a bus barn, which will also double as the agriculture building for the annual livestock show.

COMING BACK

After experiencing a drop in attendance during the last two years, the Yorktown school district is gaining students this year.

"We're coming back," said superintendent Alan Umholtz. "As of Monday, we were actually within four students of where we were two years ago."

Yorktown School District Attendance

CAMPUS/2011/2012/2013

• Elementary/245/228/242

• Middle school/118/122/132

• High School/160/149/143

DISTRICT TOTAL/523/499/517

SOURCE: Yorktown school district administration through Sept. 27

YORKTOWN - For the last three years, the Yorktown school district has had one principal - Sylvia Hernandez - for both the elementary and junior high campuses.

Superintendent Alan Umholtz wants to change that.

"Mrs. Hernandez is doing an outstanding job. The test scores at the junior high last year were the best in the district," said Umholtz, in his first year at Yorktown.

"But running two campuses is a big job for anyone. We need another strong instructional leader for our elementary school campus."

Hernandez has been the junior high principal for seven years.

Umholtz said the district is moving forward with seeking a new elementary school principal for the 2014-15 school year.

He expects to advertise for the position beginning in January and hopes to have someone hired by spring.

"That's one of the goals I had and presented to the board," he said.

The superintendent said teacher salaries were also addressed during last week's meeting.

Yorktown pays a new teacher $5,000 above the state base salary level, Umholtz said.

Yorktown pays a new teacher with no experience $32,820 in base salary.

The 2013-14 state base is $27,320, according to the Texas Education Agency.

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