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School district begins changes

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By Britney Tabor / Staff Writer

DISD reorganizing administrative staff, adding new positions

Denton school district Superintendent Jamie Wilson said the district is reorganizing its administrative staff and adding three new central services positions, a new principal at Fred Moore High School and is filing the instructional technology position.

On Monday, the school board approved 6-0 the naming of three central service administrators and a new Fred Moore High principal at a noontime meeting.

Board member Barbara Burns did not attend.

Vicki Sargent, the district’s director of school leadership, was named executive director of elementary academic programs. She also has been the executive director of the Denton Public School Foundation.

David Hicks, the principal at Ranchview High School in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch district, was named Denton’s executive director of secondary academic programs.

The two will report to academic programs Assistant Superintendent Robert Bostic, who was named to his new position last month.

“I think we are lucky as a school district to have acquired the services of each of these individuals,” Bostic said. “They come highly recommended from each of their school districts, and I believe that what they’ll bring to the district is value-added service.”

Replacing Bostic in his former position as director of instructional technology is Barry Fox, an assistant principal at Byron Nelson High School in the Northwest school district.

Board members named former Denton administrator Beth Kelly as principal at Fred Moore High. She most recently served as assistant principal at The Legends Academy, a Denton charter school.

She replaces Vernon Wright, who retired after serving 14 years as Fred Moore High principal.

Wilson said he’s excited about adding new members to the district’s team and that each person brings a wide range of experience specific to their job functions.

Sargent’s education career spans 31 years, with 27 years administrative experience with the Denton school district. Since 2002 she’s led the Denton Public School Foundation, increasing its endowment from $125,000 to $1.8 million, according to district officials.

In her new position, Sargent is responsible for overseeing administrators at elementary campuses, supporting “innovative instructional programs” and monitoring “professional research and [disseminating] ideas and information,” according to a district release.

As director of school leadership, she said she’s worked with elementary principals in establishing their campus visions.

“It’s just exciting,” she said. “This is home, and it’s exciting to feel like you’re making a difference at home.”

Hicks has been an educator for 24 years, and for the majority of his career he has served as an administrator in secondary schools, according to district officials. He brings with him experience establishing an International Baccalaureate program and then leading an IB high school.

As executive director of secondary academic programs, Hicks will be responsible for “guiding the administrators at the district’s secondary campuses and support innovative instructional programs” and “directing secondary school resources to help address the needs of the district’s middle and high school students,” according to a district release.

He said he looks forward to “helping students to achieve their goals, dream big and accomplish more than they ever thought possible.”

“I hope to work with the really talented principals that are in the district and build on the successes that the district has already achieved,” Hicks said. “I’m excited to be here, grateful for the opportunity.”

Fox will be responsible for implementing technology lessons and instruction at all grade levels within core subject areas, according to district officials.

In his previous position at Byron Nelson High School, district officials say he assisted in creating, maintaining and using the campus’ information data systems and he also planned and presented district professional development activities.

“There’s such an emphasis on getting our students college- and career-ready, and I feel that technology can really be a vital tool to help our students achieve that,” Fox said. “I’m just very excited to be on board with such a great team and a great district. I can’t wait to get started.”

Kelly has been with The Legends Academy since 2010. From 2006 to 2009, she was an assistant principal at Guyer High School before moving onto Northwest High School in Justin.

“It feels like I’m coming back home,” Kelly said. “I’m excited to be back.”

Like Legends Academy, Fred Moore High provides students a nontraditional education. She said she looks forward to increasing enrollment at the school and making it a campus where the alternative is not viewed as negative but an “opportunity” for students.

“We’re looking to make Fred Moore a viable option not only for students in Denton, but in North Texas,” she said.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876. Her e-mail address is .