Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

June 13, 2013

MWISD hires new principal


Mineral Wells Index

— By LIBBY CLUETT



Mineral Wells ISD trustees approved hiring Jon Almeida as the new leader for Mineral Wells High School.

At Tuesday’s school board meeting, trustees met Almeida, whose most recent administrative work was serving as assistant principal at John Tyler High School – one of two Tyler ISD high school campuses.

Prior to Tyler, Almeida was principal at Atlanta High School in Atlanta ISD, south of Texarkana.

He comes to Mineral Wells with 15 years of experience as a campus principal and 22 years working in education. His highest degree is a Masters of Education from Stephen F. Austin University. He has also taken doctoral courses at Baylor University, but is not currently working on a degree, according to Superintendent Gail Haterius.

“He seemed to be the total package,” Haterius said of Almeida. “He has a lot of experience and he is able to analyze data to see areas that we might want to improve in.”

“He enjoys working with teachers, students and staff and wanted to be a part of Mineral Wells and help take us to the next level,” she added.

Almeida and his wife, Audrey, also an educator, have two children  son Micah, 19, is a sophomore at Texas Tech University and daughter, Sarah, 17, will graduate from high school in August and begin college.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, trustee David Bullock, after seven years of service, stepped down from the board. Although he was not present, he was recognized by his peers.

MWISD Board President Joe Ruelas called Bullock a “great” board member.

“We certainly appreciate his service and everything he did for us,” noted Haterius.

She said being a board member is “one of those positions that I’m sure, after a long night, members go home and wonder why they do it.

David Bullock is like our other school board members, who are doing this for the kids and want to make [MWISD] the very best it can be.”

Bullock resigned from the board after his wife, Karyn, was tapped last week to become the district’s new Public Information Officer. Mary Creighton served in this capacity until she retired in April.

For the past two years Karyn Bullock has served as executive director of the United Way of Palo Pinto County.

Haterius explained at the board meeting that her official hiring by the board is on hold until her husband’s trustee place is filled.

In other personnel business, board members:

• Accepted resignations and retirements from: MWHS – Ed Shelstead, head girl’s basketball coach, Chad Barron, football coach-defensive coordinator who will take the head coaching position in Baird, Texas, and Lydia Bertram, Vocational Home Economic and special education; Mineral Wells Junior High – Carrie Simonton, math, and Jacki Bandy, art teacher and Destination ImagiNation coordinator; Travis Elementary – fifth-grade teachers Ramsey Brown and Annie Fain; Houston Elementary – Carla Narcomey, also MWHS tennis coach; and Lamar Elementary – Amanda Mask.

• Accepted the following new personnel: MWHS – Jon Almeida, principal; MWJH – William Massey, math and coach, Caroline Cole, Science, and Laura Guinn, Art; Houston – Janet Ruiz and Laura Beth Stutts; Lamar – Claudia Azua, Julie Bennett, Rhonda Lough, Amy Martin and Jennifer Phillips.

• Revised the contract for Director of Transportation Randy Gover to change the work-day assignment from 212 days to 226 days.