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Stories Added - July 2010
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Superintendent finalist named

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TRINITY – Voicing excitement over their selection, the Trinity School Board unanimously voted Monday, July 19, to name David Plymale of Waelder as the “lone finalist” for the local superintendent’s job. In addition, the board also made a number of other personnel decisions, including voting to hire Craig Ruby of Diboll as the new Trinity High School principal. He replaces Stephen Tuggle, who resigned earlier this summer. Plymale is now scheduled to replace Dr. Bobby Rice as the school district’s chief administrator next month. Rice stepped down in April to accept a post in the Gilmer school system and the job of Trinity superintendent has been filled since that time by interim Superintendent Jake Sherman. Under state law, the school board will have to wait 21 days to allow for public comment before they can formally offer Plymale a contract. The earliest date that action can be taken will be Aug. 9. “I think we have a winner in Mr. Plymale,” board Vice President Gary Gallant said following the meeting. “I’m really excited about both Mr. Plymale and Mr. Ruby. I feel they are the right people to get the school district moving in the right direction.” He noted that naming Plymale as the lone finalist came sooner than was originally planned because the board has been working to shorten the selection process. They wanted to get him on board as soon as possible to give him as much time as possible before classes begin on Aug. 23. “We cut a day here and a day there and we were able to make the selection a week earlier than we had first scheduled,” he explained. Gallant presided over Monday’s special meeting in the absence of Board President Judy Bishop. Plymale, 55, current serves as superintendent at Waelder Independent School District, a post he has held since July 2006. Waelder ISD is Class 1A district located off Interstate 10 between Houston and San Antonio. It is comprised of about 270 students, of which 90 percent are listed as economically disadvantaged. The district was rated as “low performing” by the state in 2005 and in 2008. Under his leadership, the district has achieved its’ highest Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) scores in 2009 and in 2010 in Reading/ELA (English Language Arts), Science, and Social Studies. The district was rated Academically Acceptable in 2009 and will be rated Academically Acceptable in 2010. During his tenure at Waelder, he implemented a 1:1 laptop program for students in grades 6-12. He also served as a panelist at the Consortium for School Networking Annual Conference and International Symposium in March 2009 entitled, “Empowering 21st Century Superintendents to Achieve a Culture of Transformation through Technology.” In 2007, the district passed a $3.835 million bond election for the purpose of building new and renovating aging facilities. Construction of a new high school building was completed in the summer of 2008 and a new gymnasium was completed in January of 2009. Prior to his position at Waelder, Plymale served as a principal at the following districts; Yorktown, Coolidge and Prairie Lea. At Yorktown, his campus received Gold Performance awards in the Texas Success Initiative (Math), Commended Performance in Social Studies and Comparable Improvement in Reading/ELA. Student Achievement had double digit increases in science and writing at his campus in Coolidge. During his tenure at Prairie Lea the school and district achieved a recognized rating for the first time in 2004. Plymale spent 15 years teaching and coaching in Texas public schools, including Novice, Splendora, Abilene, Calhoun County (Port Lavaca), Refugio and Jourdanton. Additionally Plymale coached at the college level at Marshall University and St. Mary of the Plains College in Kansas where he also was an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Physical Education. Plymale’s wife, Kristi is an elementary secretary and bookkeeper with the Hays Consolidated School District in Buda. They have six children (Clint 33, Jessica, 28, Amy, 27, Vicki, 26, Monica, 24, Erika, 19) and 3 grandchildren. New principal hired Trinity High School’s new principal is a native of Diboll and a 1978 graduate of Diboll High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1982 and a master’s degree in 1994 from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. During his 23-year career in education, he has taught at all levels. He began his career as a PE teacher and coach in the Windham School System at the Ramsey Prison Unit. He taught elementary special education in the Lufkin ISD and high school special education at Diboll High School before become a PE teacher/coach at Diboll Junior High School. He also administered the Diboll Alternative Learning Center for three years. After earning his master’s degree, he served as the China Intermediate School principal in the Brady ISD, as the secondary school principal for the Goodrich ISD and has spent the past nine years with the Diboll ISD in various jobs. For the past two years he was the high school principal. He noted every school for which he as served as principal has earned either as recognized or exemplary rating from the Texas Education Agency. Other action During the special meeting, the board also voted to: • Accept the resignations of Trinity Middle School Principal Ryan Skelton and Jeremy Sanford. • Offer one year teaching contracts to John Nunley as an intermediate school math teacher; Anthony Byrd as an intermediate school teacher; Antonio Redman as an intermediate teacher, Karen McDaniel as a high school math teacher; and Teresa Prather as a high school English teacher. • Hired Mike Shank as an assistant principal and Allison Kirby as a middle school counselor.


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