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March 30, 2007

AHS Principal Nix reassigned

Trustees: Low test scores reason for the change

After less than one year on the job, Athens High School Principal Tod Nix is being reassigned.

AISD Assistant Superintendent Mike Green confirmed Nix will be reassigned to the Administration Building starting next week.

“On Monday, April 2, he’s going to be reassigned to the position of district director of technology,” Green said. “We’ll be posting the position of high school principal at that time.”

When asked Wednesday night why Nix was being reassigned, Athens ISD Superintendent Fred Hayes declined to comment specifically.

“Some of it is personnel issues,” Hayes said. “The best interest of our district is on our minds.”

As the technology coordinator, Hayes said, Nix will oversee the work performed by AISD Technology Coordinator Leslie Garakani.

“Mr. Nix is still an administrator in that field,” Hayes said. “He will have oversight over all the district technology.”

Hayes said Margaret Johns, dean of instruction at Athens High School, will serve as interim principal at the high school until a permanent hire is made.

Nix was hired with the district on July 27, 2006, and started work Aug. 1. His two-year employment contract with AISD runs through June 2008.

The contract stipulates he may be reassigned by the superintendent, but that his salary may not be decreased. Green said Nix’s contract, along with the contracts of most district administrators, will likely be up for renewal in February 2008.

When contacted about Nix’s reassignment, AISD school board members said the transfer had been discussed for several weeks. They said one factor in the decision was some AHS students’ performance on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).

The Texas Education Agency rates school districts from “exemplary” to “unacceptable” based on student performance on the TAKS. Athens High School received an “academically acceptable” rating in 2006.

The first portion of this year’s test, writing, was taken by AHS students on Feb. 20. Trustee Peggy Rhodes said the high school’s preliminary TAKS scores came in earlier this month.

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