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Host of changes await students this fall

By Brandon Evans | Published Thursday, August 5, 2010

As students learn their way down new hallways, administrators will be mastering new positions.

The new school year in the Boyd district brings a string of changes for students, faculty and administration.

The district is starting the year with a new high school, new high school principal, new middle school principal, new location for the intermediate school, new superintendent, new fine arts program and on the verge of opening a new high school football stadium.

“This is a very exciting time for Boyd ISD and the community,” said superintendent John Emshoff, former high school principal. “We have a new building that’s going to let us do more than ever before and offer new opportunities for students.”

One of those new opportunities will be theater arts.

“We hired a theater arts teacher for the middle and high schools,” Emshoff said. “We felt that this was an area we needed to add. We wanted to create more opportunities for our kids.”

He said the new program will allow students to pursue interest in several areas, including acting, set design, wardrobe and stage technology. With the addition of the stage at the new high school, he felt it crucial to add this program in order to make full use of the new facility. He also said board member Linda Ware was very supportive in the program’s creation.

Amy McDonald was recently hired as the new theater arts instructor for both middle and high schools. She will also work with the band’s color guard and teach speech class at the high school.

The building that formerly housed the high school and middle school will now house the middle and intermediate schools. The campus will have one principal, former intermediate school principal Anke Bracey. The campus is also undergoing some renovations.

Meanwhile, former middle school principal Shawn Bryans is now the high school principal.

“It’s a more efficient way to run the district,” Emshoff said. “It’s about getting the right people in the right places.”

He said principals and counselors are working together to get all the pieces into place when school begins in less than three weeks.

The district will hold Meet the Teacher Night Thursday, Aug. 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 at the high school, 6:30 to 7:30 at the intermediate/middle schools and 6 to 7 at the elementary school.

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