Will serve at Schallert, Noonan, WAMS, Memorial

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

The Alice ISD school board approved four recommendations for new principal positions, including one for Memorial Intermediate School, which opened up within the last few days.

The Memorial Intermediate position opened unexpectedly this week after it was learned principal Paula Garcia would not be available for the start of the school year, superintendent Henry Herrera said.

He would not disclose any details concerning Garcia's leaving, but did say he felt it was important to have someone permanent for the start of the year.

If Garcia decides to return, she will still be considered for a position, Herrera said.

Herrera did present four names to the school board for their consideration, one for each principal vacancy - Schallert and Noonan elementary schools, William Adams Middle School and Memorial.

He selected the Memorial candidate from the available pool of applicants who had interviewed with the district.

There were 32 applicants in consideration for the four positions.

The board voted, with member Roger Saenz in opposition, to approve Patricia Garcia for the Schallert Elementary School principal position.

Evey Guerra was recommended and approved for the Noonan Elementary principal position.

Both assistant principals at William Adams Middle School will make the move to principal positions.

Matthew Kralevich will serve as principal at Memorial Intermediate School and Lucy Munoz was selected principal for WAMS.

Garcia has served with the district for 27 years, most recently as a reading recovery teacher at Schallert Elementary School. She is certified as a Texas Master Reading Teacher and has a Masters of Science in Reading from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Guerra has worked as a counselor with the school district since receiving her Masters of Science in Guidance and Counseling from Texas A&M University Kingsville in 1992.

Kralevich has spent the last four years as Assistant Principal at WAMS.

He has a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from TAMUK and is projected to graduate this summer with his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from TAMUK.

Munoz, the new principal for WAMS, has worked in education for 26 years, including 22 with the district. She has seven years administrative experience, including her former position as assistant principal at WAMS.