The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

August 24, 2013

Westwood ISD reports last-minute changes to campus administration

By CHERIL VERNON
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Robert Kubara was named interim Westwood High School principal Friday, following a second reorganization of leadership at Westwood Independent School District in just a few days.

On Monday, WISD’s Director of Operations Shane Jones had been promoted to the WHS principal position, with Kubara scheduled to serve as assistant principal of curriculum and instruction.

Kubara formerly served as principal at Westwood Elementary School. Breanna Jones is now the new principal at the elementary campus.

“Shane Jones is no longer serving in the high school principal position,” Lyman confirmed to the Herald-Press Friday, noting he could not comment more on the reasoning due to legal issues regarding personnel. As of Friday, Jones was still employed with the district.

WISD starts school on Monday.

“Our school board will meet Sept. 9 and the board will make the decision as to whether we will open that position back up to candidates or if Mr. Kubara will continue on as high school principal,” Lyman said. “Timing is critical and we do have to have leadership at the high school. That is a pressure position. The high school principal has to make decisions on a daily basis on important issues such as scholarships and credits so we want to make sure we have the right person in that position.”

To help with the restructure, retired WHS principal Judy Thomason has agreed to assist the district in an interim assistant principal position.

“She was principal here for six years and also served as a principal in Oakwood,” Lyman said. “She’s a Westwood Panther and wants to help out.”

In addition, Lyman said the school district plans to offer an assistant principal position to Joanna Holman, a WISD elementary teacher with central office experience while serving in Conroe. She will start Monday as an interim assistant principal.

“When the board meets on Sept. 9, the board will consider offering her an administrative contract,” Lyman said. “All of these changes are temporary until the board gives me guidance on how they want the leadership team at Westwood High School to be organized.”

The first reorganization of leadership was prompted by the recent departure of WHS principal and assistant superintendent 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.

“I hadn’t anticipated any of these changes,” Lyman said in regard to the second reorganization. “We will sort it out and be ready for school Monday morning. We will make it work for the kids so that it will be a great school year.”