Two elementary positions, WAMS position to be filled

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

There are 32 applicants in the running for three principal positions in the Alice Independent School District.

With interviews completed, and the selection period winding down, Superintendent Henry Herrera will present school board members with the district recommendations at a special school board meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Both Noonan Elementary principal John Jackson and Schallert Elementary principal Romeo Garcia retired from the district at the end of the school year.

William Adams Middle School principal Noel Estrada, in the early part of the summer, also decided to retire, creating three open positions in the district.

Of the applicants, 16 applied for one of two elementary principal positions.

Another 13 applicants applied for only the WAMS principal position and three applicants applied for both elementary and secondary positions.

There are several principals on the list of applicants, including former Freer High School principal Ramon Pulido and former Orange Grove High School principal H. Bryan Henderson.

Also on the list is Samuel Bueno, principal of Bernarda Jaime Junior High School in San Diego and husband of Alise ISD School Board Vice President Yolanda Bueno.

Both assistant principals at WAMS, Lucy Munoz and Matthew R. Kralevich , are on the list for the head principal position at the campus.

There are also applicants from far outside the area, such as Ken Major, a fourth-grade teacher in Las Cruces, N.M., and Cynthia Gail Rigs Rhodes, a middle school principal at the American International School in Cairo, Egypt.

After the last school board meeting in June, Herrera was in the process of interviewing applicants.

"Both campuses are recognized right now, and we're looking to keep those schools at that level," Herrera said, concerning the two elementary principal positions. He said there has been more time to advertise for the elementary principal positions, since the district knew of those before the end of the year. Herrera said the search was shorter for the secondary position.

"The secondary position was more of a last-minute item, and hasn't been out there as long," Herrera said.

The meeting Thursday night will go into closed executive session for the only agenda item, which is the principal search.

The board members will reconvene in open session to consider and take action as necessary on the item discussed in closed session.