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Board Briefs: Regular Board Meeting (April 22)


Graham Elementary School and Principal Blaine Helwig

AISD’s Board of Trustees honored Graham Elementary School for being named a U.S. Department of Education 2012 Blue Ribbon School. Principal Blaine Helwig also was recognized for receiving the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding Leadership.

2012 National Board Certified Teachers

The Board of Trustees recognized 32 teachers who have achieved certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. AISD now has 248 National Board Certified Teachers, more than any other school district in Texas. Sixty-one of these teachers serve at Title I schools. The 2012 newly certified and renewed teachers are:  Anderson High School

Susan Devaney and Richard (Dick) Frazier

Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

Liz Schnautz

Austin High School

Abby Mandel

Blazier Elementary School

Camille Barth

Bowie High School

Cindi Carroll and Shawna Kelso

Gorzycki Middle School

Patricia Lopinski and Lisa Mielke

Casey Elementary School

Randy Bell and Erika Cruz-Anchando

Casis Elementary School

Chris Lengle

Cowan Elementary School

Brenda Beams, Katie Brown, Sara Freund and Tracy Graham

Crockett High School

Lou Kuhn

Dawson Elementary School

Roxanne Ramirez

Doss Elementary School

Emily Murr

Harris Elementary School

Rachel Blunt

Hart Elementary School

Diana Urch

Lamar Middle School

Elizabeth Chappell

Liberal Arts and Science Academy

Cody Moody

Martin Middle School

Martha Ross

Mills Elementary School

Debbie Tannert

O. Henry Middle School

Natalie Johnson

Overton Elementary School

David Edwards

Rosedale School

Brian Miller

Ridgetop Elementary School

Mary Currier

Summitt Elementary School

Kim Coppola and Heather Fleming

Zavala Elementary School

Holly Lauber

Principal Appointments

Trustees approved the following principal appointments:

  • Valerie Borchers as principal of Becker Elementary School. Borchers has served as assistant principal of Perez Elementary School for the past five years. She has a total of 21 years of experience in public education, most of which has been in Title 1 schools. She holds a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Samuel Tinnon as principal of Casis Elementary School. Tinnon has served as the assistant principal for Mills Elementary School for the past nine years. He also has served as an elementary and middle school AISD summer school administrator, a mentor summer school principal to six principals, an administrative intern at Mills and Sims elementary schools, and a teacher at Pecan Springs Elementary Schools. Tinnon holds a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Kate Shaum as principal of Galindo Elementary School. Ms. Shaum is serving as an administrative supervisor in the AISD Area 2 Schools Office. Prior to this assignment, Shaum served as an elementary school assistant principal at both Pillow and Barrington elementary schools. She holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Tarleton State University.
  • Ana Candelaria as principal of Harris Elementary School. She brings to the position six years of experience as an elementary campus administrator (three years as principal) and ten years of experience at the elementary and middle school levels. She holds a master’s degree in education, guidance and counseling from the University of Texas at El Paso.
  • Grace Martino-Brewster as principal of Mathews Elementary School. Martino-Brewster has seven years of administrative experience and six years of teaching experience on both elementary and middle school campuses. Her experience includes instructional specialist, child study team facilitator, and positive behavior support program specialist. She holds a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Leslie Dusing as principal of Dobie Middle School. Dusing is principal of Bernice Hart Elementary School, and she has served as principal of Blanton Elementary School. She brings 14 years of administrative experience (11 years as a principal), as well as experience as a bilingual and ESL teacher. Dusing holds a master’s in education from Tarleton State A&M University.

Naming of New Southeast Bus Terminal

The board voted unanimously to temporarily name the new bus terminal located at 7200 Bluff Springs Road the Southeast Bus Terminal. The Southeast Bus Terminal, which as built with 2004 bond funding, includes a 7,400-square-foot administration building, a 13,000-square-foot maintenance building, parking spaces for 176 school buses, and a fueling station. The materials, scale, colors, and landscaping were designed to be compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.

Contingency Plan for Possible TEA Closure of Eastside Memorial High School

The board approved a contingency plan for Eastside Memorial High School should the school be ordered to close by the TEA commissioner, with the following amendments:

  • The district request from the TEA commissioner a year before the contingency plan would be implemented.
  • The contingency plan would be implemented in the 2013-14 school year if and only if Eastside Memorial High School is ordered by the commissioner to be closed despite alternative options presented by the Board of Trustees and AISD.

The board voted unanimously to adopt the following statement: “The AISD Board of Trustees is in full support of the current staff and students as they continue their hard work towards successfully completing this school year.  We are committed to your continued success and the continued advancement of academic excellence on the Eastside Memorial Johnston Campus.”


*Principal Appointments from March 18 Meeting: AISD's Board of Trustees approved three principal appointments during the board's March 18 meeting: Dedra Standish as principal of Summitt Elementary School; Angelo San Segundo as principal of Wooten Elementary School; and Jennifer Daniels as principal of Davis Elementary School.