Victoria school board hires personnel

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

June 20, 2014 at 1:20 a.m.

Six vacancies were filled Thursday night after a four-hour closed session by the Victoria school board.

"There was a lot to discuss and teaching positions to review as well," said Diane Boyett, VISD communications director. "They also did a security audit."

Hired were two principals, a band director, a counselor, a human resources director and a bilingual/English as a Second Language coordinator.

Victoria East School Assistant Principal Eric Amsler was named Mission Valley Elementary School's new principal, and O'Connor Elementary School Assistant Principal Vickie Dunseth was promoted to principal.

"The benefit of being able to promote within the school district is that you really get to know the person and see their leadership style," Boyett said. "For Amsler being in the high school level, he knows what will be coming up and what will be needed at the elementary school level."

Trustees also made appointments in other departments, including human resources and bilingual/ESL.

Gregory Bonewald, who served as a high school principal at Wimberley school district, was named the district's new executive director of human resources. Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Mima Gonzalez will retire at the end of June after 41 years in education.

Bonewald earned a doctorate in education from the University of Texas at Austin.

Joe Alejandro Mojica, who was working in the Weatherford school district, is the new bilingual/ESL coordinator. The former coordinator, Lupita Narvaez, is returning to college at Texas State University to earn her doctorate degree.

"Lupita has been a wonderful leader in our efforts in bilingual/ESL," Boyett said. "She helped expand our outreach to all families and students who are learning English as a second language."

Former VISD employee Jose Sanchez will return as a counselor for the district's career and technical education department.

Sanchez was a counselor in Victoria before leaving to become an adviser at Lone Star College.

And at Victoria West High School, Joshua Partida, the current director of bands at the Edna school district, will take over as head band director.



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