Jacksonville Independent School District announced the selection of two new campus principals — one at East Side Elementary School and one at the Compass Center.
JISD named Holly Cargill as the new principal at East Side Elementary School.
Ms. Cargill comes to Jacksonville with 18 years of experience, nine of those in administration.
Cargill previously served as assistant principal at Fred Douglass Elementary for three years and then at Jacksonville Middle School as assistant principal for two years. Her family relocated to the Austin area where she was an elementary principal for two years, moving her campus from Recognized to the Exemplary level after that first year.
She moved back to East Texas with her family and has been an assistant principal in Lindale for the last two years.
“We are impressed that she brings with her a wealth of knowledge about balanced literacy, guided reading, as well as classroom management” said Judy Terry, JISD Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Curriculum, “We are excited to have her back with us because of her love for Jacksonville and our students.”
Many of the initiatives that Ms. Cargill introduced to Fred Douglass and Jacksonville Middle School are still in use on those campuses.
JISD also announced the selection of T.J. Rucker from Overton as principal of the Compass Center. Chosen from a wealth of applicants, Mr. Rucker will be coming to JISD with an abundance of experience, education and enthusiasm.
Mr. Rucker holds degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas at Tyler. His last experience was with Overton ISD as their Middle School Principal.
Dr. Leslie George, JISD Director of Special Education Programs, said, “JISD is fortunate to have such a qualified candidate to take the Compass Center to the next level.”
Mr. Rucker has been with Overton ISD since 2003. He began his career there as their Head Athletic Trainer, became a classroom teacher and moved on to serve as a campus principal.
“We look forward to working with each of these tremendous individuals,” said JISD Superintendent Dr. Joe Wardell.
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