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FISD Names Directors for 2007-2008 (May, 2007)

At a special meeting on Monday, April 30, FISD board members discussed the budget for the coming year and hired administrators for lead central office positions.

Kenny Chandler, currently principal at Wester Middle School, has been named to the new position of Director of School Improvement. This position was created to help focus district efforts on student achievement, particularly in the areas of science and math. Chandler joined FISD in 2000 as an assistant principal and he opened Wester Middle School in 2002. Chandler has been in education for 23 years and he has a background in science education at both the middle and high school levels. His bachelor’s degree is from Texas Tech University and his master’s degree is from Angelo State. Chandler will be replaced by Angela Romney, current assistant principal at Wester Middle School. Angela joined FISD this year and has been in education for 11 years. She was previously a principal and had five years of administrative experience in Arkansas, and taught Spanish and various history courses for five years prior to that. Her bachelor’s degree is from Brigham Young and her master’s degree is from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; she is also ESL certified. Her recommended hiring as the principal at Wester will not be official until board approval at the May 21 regular meeting.

Mia Bennett, currently the principal at Riddle Elementary School, was named the Director of Special Programs. She is replacing Alicia Richmond, who is retiring after 31 years in education, nine of those in FISD as a principal and director. The director of special programs position oversees Pre-kindergarten programming and early childhood collaboration, along with bilingual and ESL programs, dyslexia, federal programs and compensatory education. Bennett joined FISD in 2001 as an assistant principal and opened Riddle Elementary in 2003. Her bachelor’s degree is from what is now the University of North Texas and her master’s degree is from Texas A&M Commerce. Bennett has been in education for 16 years. Bennett’s replacement as principal at Riddle will be current assistant principal Rachel Taylor, where she has served for two years. Taylor joined FISD in 2003 as a teacher at Gunstream Elementary, previously working in Galena Park. She has a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her hiring will be official pending Board approval on May 21.

Wesley Cunningham, currently assistant principal at Liberty High School, has been named the principal of the Career and Technology Education (CTE) Center that is scheduled to open in 2008 and he will assume the role as director of the program this summer. The Center will be a centralized campus for the advanced Career and Technology Education programs, which are expensive to duplicate on each campus. The introductory courses for freshmen and sophomores will still be offered on the individual high school campuses. (For more information on the Center, see the FISD website at www.friscoisd.org.) Cunningham joined the district in 2004 as an assistant principal at Centennial. He has been in education since 1993, primarily in administration. His bachelor’s degree is from Southern Methodist University; his master’s and doctoral degrees are from Texas A&M Commerce. Patsi Tindel has been working part-time as the CTE director and is fully retiring at this time after 29 years in education, eight of those here in Frisco ISD.

George Radtke, currently principal of the Student Opportunity Center, will be assuming the new role as the Director of Service Centers and Energy Management. Radtke began his career in education in 1973 and has been with FISD since 1986. Radtke’s bachelor’s degree is from Nebraska’s Peru State College and his master’s degree is from the University of North Texas. His additional experience in construction and in working with contractors and facility planning give him the background to help FISD in its goals of making the most of practices, technologies and training that are available so that our buildings are operating as efficiently as possible. He will also oversee the efficient utilization of our service centers. Replacing Radtke as principal of the Student Opportunity Center is Sue Kirk. Sue is a 33-year veteran educator with more than 15 years of administrative experience at the high school level in both regular and alternative school settings. She has previously worked in the area districts of Richardson, Plano and McKinney. Her bachelor’s degree is from Stephen F. Austin University and her master’s degree is from the University of North Texas.