VISD hires 82 teachers, promotes within district

June 26, 2012 at 1:26 a.m.
Updated June 27, 2012 at 1:27 a.m.

The Victoria school district hired 82 new teachers and promoted several positions within the district for the next school year.

Joining the new teachers will be two new principals, six assistant principals, four counselors, a diagnostician, and two school psychologists in the special services area.

The Victoria school board approved the hires at its board meeting Thursday.

"We've lost a number of teachers to retirement this year," Diane Boyett, district communications director said in an email. "Others are leaving the profession; some are going to other school districts and still others are moving because of family considerations."

In addition to the new hires, VISD still has several positions open, including at least 40 teaching jobs, Boyett said.

The turnover rate is higher than in years past, Boyett added. In 2011, about 125 teachers, or 13 percent of VISD's 970 teachers, were replaced. The district employs about 2,100 people.

The Texas Education Agency will determine the district's 2012 turnover rate in a report later this year.

"We have been blessed in VISD with an experienced teaching staff ... but along with experience comes the reality that eventually, there will be retirements," Boyett said.

About 20 percent of VISD's teachers have more than 20 years of experience. That's slightly above the state average.

Three of VISD's new assistant principals will go to Patti Welder Middle School. Justin Cox, a teacher and coach in Mexia school district; Raul Garza Jr., a principal in Riviera school district; and Renee Dawn Maroney, an assistant principal in Edna school district, will join Richard Wright, the new principal at Patti Welder.

Melissa Correl, a counselor in VISD's Career and Technical Education program, will become an assistant principal at West High School. Kristina Hurley, an instructional facilitator in Calhoun County school district, will be the assistant principal at Aloe Elementary School. Justin Gabrysch, a teacher and coach at Patti Welder, will join Cade Middle School as an assistant principal.

Melanie Reed, assistant principal at Rowland Elementary, will be the principal at Chandler Elementary next year.

Mary Noble, assistant principal at O'Connor Elementary, will be the principal at F.W. Gross Elementary.

The board also named the following school counselors and special services personnel: Bryanne Hamilton, counselor, Hopkins Academy; Lezlie Price, counselor, Patti Welder Middle School; Sheila Vaz, counselor, F.W. Gross Magnet School; Heather Williams, counselor, Dudley Magnet School; Victoria Cross, diagnostician, Special Services; Jeanette Smith, licensed specialist in school psychology intern, DeLeon Elementary School; Laura Smith, licensed specialist in school psychology, Howell Middle School.



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