Victoria East High School principal resigns

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

June 4, 2013 at 1:04 a.m.
Updated June 5, 2013 at 1:05 a.m.

Greg Crockett, 50, sent out a letter to Victoria East High School faculty and staff announcing his resignation Tuesday.

"It's been very bittersweet," Crockett said. "I've been receiving a lot of text messages and phone calls from staff."

He is being considered for a principal appointment at Cuero Junior High School, according to the Cuero school board special meeting agenda for Wednesday.

The Cuero board of trustees are expected to take action on the agenda item noon Wednesday.

The Oklahoma native got his start in education at Juan Linn Elementary School where he worked as a teacher for eight years before becoming an assistant principal at Patti Welder Middle School.

After three years at Patti Welder Middle School, Crockett moved on to work at Cuero Junior High School for two years before returning to the Victoria school district in 2003 at Memorial High School.

Crockett became the principal at Memorial in 2007, and after the high school was dissolved and consolidated into two new schools, he was appointed the principal of the newly constructed Victoria East High School.

"He's been a great principal," said Donald Tharp, a VISD guitar teacher. "I've been working with him since I started six years ago."

Crockett said his proudest VEHS moments of note include the high school's first pep rally before its opening in 2010.

"We didn't know how many people would show at the first school pep rally," Crockett wrote in a text message. "But when we saw the entire home side of the stadium full of people cheering on the VE clubs and organizations, we knew East was going to be a special place."

He also noted being a part of the new high school's opening as a highlight during his time with VISD.

"Not everybody can say they were part of the opening of a new school," Crockett said. "That's something I will always treasure and cherish."

Crockett's VISD contract ends June 30.

"We are sincerely wishing him all the best," said VISD spokeswoman Diane Boyett.

The VEHS principal said he decided to wait until graduation was over to break the news to his staff.

"I did not want anything to be a distraction for us finishing school or completing graduation," Crockett said. "I'm going to miss the faculty, the students and just being able to work with people who I know care and love this school as much as I do."



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