District expands principal’s role; Bourgeois to lead middle, intermediate schools

By Racey Burden | Published Saturday, June 16, 2018
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Daniel Bourgeois just finished his first year as the principal at Boyd Intermediate, overseeing grades four through six. Now two more grades will be under his leadership.

Monday, Boyd ISD trustees added middle school principal to Bourgeois’ duties, making him the lead administrator on the campus shared by the intermediate and middle school students.

“I’ve known Daniel for 10 years, and he does a great job in whatever role he’s put in,” said Superintendent Ted West. “He did a great job working with the intermediate staff this year. It’s a natural time to expand his role and add the two grade levels. Those two schools share a footprint and a lot of facilities.”

Bourgeois takes over as middle school principal for Barbara Stice, who was also the assistant superintendent. Stice has accepted the assistant director role at Wise County Shared Services, which provides educational, instructional and related services to students with disabilities. The co-op serves Alvord, Boyd, Bridgeport, Chico, Paradise and Slidell schools.

Stice spent 21 years with Boyd ISD, working on every campus. She worked 16 years in administration.

“It’s been a fun, wild ride,” Stice said. “I went to the senior walk-through, and I had so many of them in kindergarten. I’ve raised my kids here. It’s a family. It’s what kept me here.”

The district accepted Stice’s resignation Monday.

“She’s worked on every campus as a teacher or administrator. She’s impacted a lot of lives over the past 21 years,” West said. “We’re going to miss her, but she’s not going very far. She’ll still be working for us in a different role.”

West said the district is not putting someone in the assistant superintendent role and will split the duties and responsibilities of the job among several individuals.

Bourgeois will start his 11th year at Boyd in the fall. He started his career at Boyd Middle School as a teacher.

“I’m looking forward to working with the middle school staff again and building on their successes,” Bourgeois said.

“I feel good about getting the two campuses together under one voice and leadership. I’m lucky to be the guy to do it.”

Between the intermediate and middle school grades, students on the campus take 15 state of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests. Bourgeois said he has a great staff in both schools to prepare students for the exams.

The district will add an assistant principal and a second counselor to the campus.

“It’s getting help and good support for the kids,” Bourgeois said.

In other business, trustees approved the purchase of 89 Dell laptops for the staff for $65,045.65. Trustees also approved contracts worth $79,712 for services through the Region 11 Education Service Center and the first year of three payments of $14,811 for Claims Administrative Services to handle the district’s worker’s compensation program.

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