By CHERIL VERNON
Westwood High School will have a new leader with a familiar face at its helm when school starts Monday.
Longtime WISD official Shane Jones was internally promoted to Westwood High School Principal Monday following the recent departure of WHS principal and assistant superintentendent Dr. Clint McClain.
On Aug. 16, McClain officially accepted the superintendent position at the 2A Dilley Independent School District, located mostly in Frio County, southwest of San Antonio and north of Laredo.
Prior to his appointment Monday, Jones has served Westwood Independent School District as Director of Operations and WHS assistant principal, and temporarily as WHS interim principal.
“I’m very excited. This is my 14th year at Westwood. I spent seven years as head football coach. I quit coaching to finish my Master’s degree and spent four years at the high school as the assistant principal,” Jones said following WISD Board of Trustee’s special meeting Monday. “One of my goals as I’ve gotten older and more mature as an educator is to have this opportunity, especially at Westwood, a place I love and am fully invested in. I thank the school board and (WISD Superintendent) Dr. (Ed) Lyman for this opportunity.”
Lyman said Jones’ promotion was part of a reorganization that was needed after McClain, who served as both WHS principal and assistant superintendent, left the district.
“It’s a reorganization to strengthen all of the areas throughout the district. I think we have a great team,” Lyman said.
Robert Kubara, formerly the Westwood Elementary School principal, has been moved to WHS assistant principal of curriculum and instruction. Breanna Jones is the new principal at the elementary campus.
Brandi McEnturff, who served as the district’s AVID coordinator, will be the women’s head basketball coach and women’s athletic coordinator. If her contract is approved by the WISD school board in September, she also will be promoted to WHS secondary assistant principal.
Meanwhile, Lyman and school board members expressed their appreciation to McClain for his years of service.
“Dr. McClain gave an outstanding six years to our district. Our academics was at the top the whole time he was here. He was a very diligent professional,” Lyman said following the WISD school board meeting.
WISD has trained several superintendents in the past, according to Lyman, including: McClain, Lyman, Dr. Rick Webb, Robb Welch, James Oliver and Craig Coleman.
“We are proud of training outstanding leaders in education,” Lyman said.