Belton: School Board Considers New High School Principal

By: Rachel Cox Email
By: Rachel Cox Email

BELTON (June 17, 2013) ---The Belton School Board will consider hiring a new high school principal when it meets Monday night.

The board workshop begins at 5 p.m. and the business meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Belton ISD Administration building at 400 North Wall St.

The district announced earlier it had selected Christopher duBois as the new principal and would make it official at the meeting on June 17.

A release said duBois comes to Belton ISD from Ozona, where he served as superintendent of Crockett County School District.

He has 25 years of experience in education, also serving as an assistant superintendent, high school principal, assistant principal, coach, and science teacher.

An online resume for duBois shows he has worked at several different Texas school districts through the years.

When reached for comment the Crockett County Consolidated Common School District Board President Ray Don Myers said duBois made his resignation from the district official in March this year.

"He worked with the district a few years and was hired on before I became board president, and I don't know the specific reasons he had for the resignation," Myers said.

Myers said while there is an ongoing investigation by law enforcement into an improper relationship between a student and a teacher in the district, the investigation has nothing to do with duBois' resignation.

Calls to the Crockett County Sheriff Office for Chief Deputy Emilio Tanbunga, the investigator on the case, were not immediately returned Monday.

Myers did confirm that some of the schools in the CCCCSD are not currently performing at state standards.

"The middle school (grades 6-8) is currently at an unacceptable level under state standards, and it has been that way for the past two or three years," Myers said.

A letter on the district's website sent out by duBois on Sept. 14, 2012, alerted parents to CCCCSD's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status for 2012 and said the district was subject to the LEA Level School Improvement Program (SIP) requirements for Stage 1 during the 2012-2013 school year.

A school in this stage must develop or revise its district improvement plan in consultation with parents, school staff, and others within three months of being identified.

That plan must also meet certain requirements, one of which is implementing strategies to promote effective parental involvement in the district.

Earlier this year Belton High School made the Best High School List put out by U.S. News & World Report.

The school was ranked No. 1,864 out of the best high schools across the country and No.162 in the state.

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