NEW SUMMERFIELD — During their latest regularly scheduled meeting, the New Summerfield Independent School District accepted the resignations of elementary/junior high Principal Larry Lewis and high school Principal Debra Sikes, according to Interim Superintendent Tony Murray.

Murray said both resignations will be effective at the end of this year.

“I’ve been given a great opportunity,” Sikes said, “and even though I didn’t want to leave New Summerfield, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. I really want to emphasize that I will miss the students. I’m not leaving because of the students, and I’m not leaving because of the staff.”

Sikes has accepted a job at the Educational Service Center for Region 7 in Kilgore.

“I’ll be working with school districts with their bilingual and ESL (English as a Second Language) programs,” she said.

Sikes has been at the 1A district nine years and served as high school principal for two years.

Murray said Lewis has already left. Sikes added that Lewis moved out of New Summerfield. According to Murray, Lewis had been with the school district for a year and a half.

Bob Wallace has become the interim elementary and junior high principal, Sikes said.

“I am fortunate in that the service is allowing me to stay until the end of the year,” she said. “That may have not have been the case with Mr. Lewis.”

Lewis was unavailable for comment before press time.

In other business the board also:

• called the May 13 school board trustee election.

• approved times required by the state for early voting;

• approved the district emergency plan;

The NSISD school board regularly meets each second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the superintendent’s office. Murray said the next meeting is March 20 due to Spring Break.

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