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New THS principal selected by board
Trinity Standard - June 2009
TRINITY – After their previous choice for the job elected not to come to Trinity, the Trinity School Board voted Monday night to name Stephen C. Tuggle of Crockett as the new Trinity High School principal.
The board had offered the job to Groveton native Clarence Bennett Sr. of Lufkin in April but was forced to seek other candidates when he subsequently decided not to accept the job.
Following a closed session Monday night, the board unanimously approved Superintendent Dr. Bobby Rice’s recommendation to hire Tuggle.
“I am very excited at being hired for this job,” Tuggle said following the meeting.
“I look forward to helping make Trinity High School a great place for students to receive an education and a great place for educators to work.”
Tuggle, a 1990 graduate of Crockett High School, has served as the junior high school principal in Crockett since 2007.
While in high school, he earned college course credits through Angelina College in Lufkin and following graduation attended Tyler Junior College, earning an associates degree in natural sciences in 1992.
He attended both the University of Texas at Tyler and Angelo State University in San Angelo in 1992 before enrolling at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.
At SFASU he minored in forestry and received a bachelor of science degree in biology in 1994 as well as his teacher certification in 1997.
Tuggle returned to SFASU for his post-graduate work and earned a master of arts degree in education in 2002 as well as his principal’s certification in 2003 and his superintendent’s certification in 2004.
He began his career in education serving as a teacher/coach in the Alvarado Independent School District from 1994-97. Tuggle also served as a teacher/coach in the Hughes Springs ISD in 1997-98, the Livingston ISD in 1998-99, the Groveton ISD from 1999-2001 and the Latexo ISD in 2001-02.
He was principal for the Chester ISD from 2002-04 and the junior high principal for the Central ISD in Pollok from 2004-07.
After he was named the junior high principal in Crockett in 2007, the school’s Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test scores all increased, with the exception of writing, which dropped from a passing rate of 95 percent to 91 percent.
Tuggle is a member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Crockett where he currently serves as an adult Co-Sunday School teacher and as a member of the budget finance committee. He also currently works as a church usher and as a member of the facilities development committee.
He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1988 as a member of the Boy Scouts of America and was named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement at both Tyler Junior College and SFASU.
Tuggle also was inducted into the Phi Delta Kappa professional education’s organization in 2001.
Other personnel changes
Following the closed session, the school board also:
• Accepted the resignations of Assistant Principal Mechael Abbs; baseball coach Eugene Lafitte; and teacher Jamie Moore
• Voted to offer one year contracts to Breanne Luna and Murial Teager as elementary teachers and Robert Haskell as a middle/high school teacher.
• Vote to offer 100-day contracts to Kristi Burden and Christy Linsley.
• Voted to offer a new term contract to Karen Mann, whose name was inadvertently left off the list of teachers re-hired in March.