RUSK – Two members – one a familiar face, one new – have joined the team at Rusk ISD.
G.W. Bradford Primary School assistant principal Crystal Nichols was named head of the program Monday by the RISD school board during their regular monthly meeting, while Crawford Reyes of Tyler Junior College has been selected as the Rusk High School's College & Career Coordinator.
Superintendent Grey Burton said the board was excited about their hire because of what each will bring to their respective campus communities.
Nichols, who began her fourth year as the assistant principal at Bradford this school year, is a Rusk native who not only attended the local schools, but also worked for the district in several capacities prior to becoming the assistant principal, then principal, he said.
“We are very fortunate to have one of our former students in a top leadership position. Mrs. Nichols not only has a heart for her students but for the entire community and that feeling is reciprocated by both of those groups,” he said. “It’s great to see this next group of quality educators, like Mrs. Nichols, deciding to take on larger leadership roles and invest their talents in our students and staff. I am confident she will make a positive impact in our district for many years to come.”
Reyes will be stepping into a new role created by trustees this past month to help students successfully navigate through their high school career and earn their degrees, allowing other counselors to focus on students' other needs, Burton said in October.
Reyes is TJC's High School Pathways coordinator, and “we are very excited to have him joining our high school staff,” Burton said. “His previous professional experience will allow him to hit the ground running. He possesses the ideal skill sets both personally and professionally to successfully implement our program and ensure that it reaches its maximum potential. Our students and their families will benefit greatly from having this young man in our district.”
During Monday's meeting, trustees also:
• Adopted a resolution to evenly cast its allotment of votes for six candidates – Drew Butler, Dennis Eby, Clifford Harkless, Pat McCrory, Gerald Walden and Lanita Whitehead – for the Cherokee County Appraisal District Board of Directors;
• Increased the price of paid lunches at the junior high and high school campuses by an amount of 25, for a total of $3 per meal, with the new price taking effect in January;
• Approved an arrangement agreement with Cherokee County Special Education Cooperative Shared Services; and
• Approved a consent agenda that included minutes of a previous board meeting and a review of a financial update.