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DISD picks 2 to lead schools

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By Britney Tabor / Staff Writer

District names principals for elementary under construction, Pecan Creek

The principal of Pecan Creek Elementary School has been named the principal of the new elementary that the Denton school district plans to open in August in the Lantana area.

Emily McLarty was named the principal of the still-to-be-named school Tuesday by the Denton school board.

Lacey Rainey, assistant superintendent for curriculum/instruction with the Community Independent School District in Collin County, has been named McLarty’s successor at Pecan Creek Elementary.

The moves are effective for the 2014-15 school year, said Sharon Cox, district spokeswoman.

Both positions were approved by the school board in a 6-0 vote Tuesday. Also approved was the naming of Joey Florence as the district’s new athletic director, succeeding Ken Purcell, who retired in December.

McLarty said she looks forward to leading the district’s newest elementary school.

She said she plans to work with Blanton Elementary School Principal Karen Satterwhite and E.P. Rayzor Elementary School Principal Mary Dunlevy to coordinate parent meetings and opportunities to meet with students who will be zoned for the new school.

The elementary is being built on a 12-acre site north of FM407 and west of Copper Canyon Road in Lantana’s Fairlin neighborhood.

McLarty said she hopes to personally meet with each family that will be a part of her school prior to registration for the new school year.

“I am honored and am so looking forward to building the climate and the culture and the school community from the ground up,” she said.

Since 2005, McLarty has worked at Pecan Creek Elementary. She said Wednesday it will be “very hard” to say goodbye to the school community, but she’s comforted knowing Rainey will lead the school.

As Rainey transitions into working at Pecan Creek Elementary soon, McLarty said she will be there working alongside her the remainder of the year.

“Mrs. Rainey will be a wonderful fit for the school,” McLarty said. “She’s an instructional leader ... so she is going to be able to work with the staff, teachers and students to continue the vision of deep and rigorous learning.”

Rainey has been an assistant superintendent with Community school district in Nevada in southeast Collin County since 2011, and is the wife of Crownover Middle School Principal Jason Rainey, who was rehired by the district last May.

She has 12 years experience as an educator — six each as a teacher and administrator.

Rainey said she’s “extremely excited” for the opportunity to join the Pecan Creek staff and looks forward to meeting staff, students and parents, and being a part of the family atmosphere that she hears the campus offers.

“I’ve heard nothing but good things about the campus,” she said. “I know that Denton ISD is a great place to work, and I could not be more thrilled about joining the team.

“The school is just extremely successful, and I hope to support the teachers in carrying on that tradition.”

In other action Tuesday, the school board:

Reviewed proposed elementary attendance zone boundaries for the 2014-15 school year and heard concerns from residents about some of the new zones. The board is expected to continue discussing the proposed boundaries next month and could consider approving new elementary boundaries then for the next school year.

Conducted Superintendent Jamie Wilson’s evaluation in closed session, but did not make a decision on any contract extension or pay raise.

Reviewed proposed plans for the district’s fourth comprehensive high school.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.