By Wendy Gragg

Killeen Daily Herald

With three new positions filled, Killeen school districts administration re-organization is nearly complete.

Sandra Franklin, Dr. Rachel Cervantes and Dr. Robert Brundrett have all been named executive instructional leaders for the district.

The positions, entirely new to the district, will garner salaries of $96,554 each. In the districts new administration hierarchy, the executive instructional leaders positions fall between the assistant superintendents and the campus principals. Two of the instructional leaders will oversee the districts 29 elementary schools and the other leader will focus on the 11 middle schools.

Franklin, one of Killeen Independent School Districts own, was formerly principal of Clarke Elementary School on Fort Hood and has worked at West Ward, Harker Heights, Marlboro and Reeces Creek elementary schools.

Cervantes was formerly the director of Socorro ISD in El Paso, and Brundrett was executive director for secondary school improvement with Spring ISD.

Dr. Jim Hawkins, KISD superintendent, has said that the plan is to add an executive instructional leader for KISD high schools to the roster.

Hawkins unveiled the administrative re-organization in February, when the school board approved seven new positions. Six other positions were upgraded by the restructuring. The re-organization was expected to be fully implemented by January 2006 and to cost KISD an additional $79,544 annually.

Hawkins said in February that the restructuring better aligns central office resources with the school districts main focus education and instruction.

Other administration changes announced Thursday were the naming of Steve Cook as executive director for personnel services, Keith Harrison as executive director for student services and Tom Colvin as director for maintenance and operations.

KISD also announced the appointment of eight new principals and the reassignment of another Thursday.

The new principal at Shoemaker High School will be Janet Addair, formerly the principal of New Caney High School in New Caney. Addair was principal at the two-campus, 4A high school of 1,850 students for two years. Prior to that, Addair was associate principal of instruction at Westfield High School in Spring ISD for five years.

Debra Burch, the former principal at East Ward Elementary School, has accepted the principal position at Montague Village Elementary School on Fort Hood.

Brookhaven Elementary School will call its former assistant principal, Kelly Dunn, principal of the school next year.

Cedar Valley Elementary School will also bump one of its own, former assistant principal Janet Wyrick, to the principal position next year.

Dr. Traci Smith, a former assistant principal at Bellaire and Sugar Loaf elementary schools, will move to Clifton Park Elementary School as the new principal.

Jo-Lynette Crayton, a former assistant principal at Reeces Creek Elementary School, will be the new principal at East Ward Elementary School.

Susan Kozora, a former assistant principal at Ira Cross Elementary School, will be the new principal at Hay Branch Elementary School.

The new Clarke Elementary School principal will be Nabil Diab, a former principal in Temple ISD and former assistant principal at Haynes Elementary School.

Mountain View Elementary Schools new principal will be Nancy Varljen, a former assistant principal at Round Rock ISD.

The new principals and administrators dove into their new roles this week as Hawkins presented the state of the district and the challenges associated with it.

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