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Next principal visits Argyle Intermediate

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By Britney Tabor / Staff Writer

ARGYLE — Renee Funderburg, assistant principal at Prairie Trail Elementary School in Flower Mound, has been named the new principal at Argyle Intermediate School.

She replaces Lisa Hartman, who will step down from the post at the end of the school year. According to an Argyle district official, Funderburg will start work in August.

After school Wednesday, Hartman gave Funderburg her first tour of the Argyle campus, which is home to fifth- and sixth-graders. Funderburg also met with staff members, Hartman said.

“The staff was very welcoming,” Funderburg said. “We had a good time just getting to know each other.”

Funderburg, 43, has 21 years of experience as an educator. On Monday, after a school board meeting where trustees officially approved her hiring, Funderburg said she is looking forward to serving as the Argyle Intermediate principal.

“I’m very excited, eager to get going and working with the parents and school community to help our students grow and succeed,” she said.

Funderburg said her goal for her first year at Argyle is to observe and get to know the staff, students and challenges of the school, while also celebrating the successes already in place there.

Funderburg is in her third year serving as an assistant principal in the Lewisville school district, she said. Throughout her career she’s also taught students from kindergarten through 12th grade, including special education, gifted and talented, and English as a second language students. She said she received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Texas Tech University and a master’s in educational administration from Lamar University.

Hartman, who joined the district in 2012, will be leaving Texas at the end of the school year. She said a transfer of her husband’s job is relocating her family to Charlotte, N.C., in June. Hartman said she intends to work as an administrator at an elementary school there.

She called it “an honor and a privilege” to have served as Argyle Intermediate principal. Hartman said it’s a place where she immediately “felt right at home.”

“It’s just been a real quality place, and it’s just been a wonderful place for myself and my child,” she said. “I just thank them for their support and allowing me to be a part of these two important years of their intermediate school.”

More than 30 people applied for the principal job at Argyle Intermediate, said Superintendent Telena Wright. Of the applicants, seven were interviewed and three were selected as finalists, she said.

Wright said Funderburg stood out because of her experience teaching fifth grade and working in a pre-kindergarten to fifth-grade campus configuration, her background in technology integration, and supervision of staff development for teachers. Argyle is looking to reconfigure its intermediate school in the next few years to accommodate fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders.

“We’re delighted to have her in Argyle and are looking forward to working with her,” Wright said. “I know she’ll be an asset to the district.”

In other action Monday, the Argyle school board:

Canvassed the bond and school board election results from May 10;

Swore in the newly elected school board members — John Bitter, Craig Hawkesworth and Steven Moore — to give the district an all-male board;

Elected school board officers. Eric Fields was elected president, Spencer Jefferies was chosen as vice president and Brian Ratcliff was elected board secretary; and

Hired Asa Burk as a high school assistant band director.

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