Trustees split on BHS principal’s contract

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, February 14, 2018
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After emerging from a near three-hour closed session Monday night, Boyd ISD trustees turned in a split vote on extending the contract of Boyd High School Principal Susan Foster.

The board voted 3-3, meaning Foster’s current two-year contract will have just one year left.

Foster has been with the district since December 2016. She was previously the principal for two years at Tom Bean High School.

School Board President Bill Childress deferred questions about Foster’s contract and work within the district to Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West.

“Sometimes this happens in the school business,” West said. “We need to look at things a little bit differently at the high school.

“Dr. Foster has been here for about a year and a half now. She’s implemented some things at that school, and I would say some of the things they’ve done have not been received very well. We’re going to have to take a look at some of the things we’re doing and fix the things that need to be fixed. I have full faith in Dr. Foster. She’s a professional. She’ll be back at work in the morning and will be prepared to lead Boyd High School and make the changes that need to be made.”

After the lengthy time behind closed doors, trustees approved four one-year extensions for Assistant Superintendent Barbara Stice, Boyd Elementary Principal Anke Bracey, Boyd Intermediate Principal Daniel Bourgeois and Director of College and Career Readiness James McDonald.

“We take the contract of our administrators very seriously,” Childress said. “We care a lot for the administrators we have here and want to give ample time to the efforts and the work they do for this district.”

Along with serving as assistant superintendent, Stice has spent this school year at Boyd Middle School as the campus principal. West indicated after Monday’s meeting that Stice will likely spend the rest of the year on the campus.

“I’m proud of the job Barbara does. She’s such a seasoned administrator,” West said. “She’s worked at all the different campuses. She’s got experience at high school, elementary and everywhere in between. She’s very versatile. I can put her in a situation until we need to do something different. It’s worked out so well, I’ve left her there all year rather than hire someone.

“We’ve desperately missed her up here [in the central administration office]. She’s trying to wear both hats, but when you’re a building principal that keeps you pretty busy.”

West added that there has been discussions about appointing one principal for the middle school and intermediate, which share a campus.

“One of the things we’re looking at is the potential of changing up some of our campus structure,” West said. “We thought at some point we might want to combine the middle and intermediate school and bring it under one leadership team. We’re still looking at that – one principal and maybe an assistant principal rather than two administration teams.”

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