Athens Review, Athens, Texas

July 16, 2013

Brownsboro welcomes new principals

Jones to lead high school, while Shipley will serve as assistant at junior high

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

Athens — BROWNSBORO — The Brownsboro Independent School District hired a new high school and junior high assistant principal Monday morning during a special school board meeting.

Brandon Jones replaces Kenneth Wooten as the new principal at the high school and began work on Monday. Wooten left for Nacogdoches back in June to become the principal.

“Mr. Jones comes from a strong program in Hallsville and possesses strong instructional skills,” Brownsboro Superintendent Chris Moran said. “We are excited to welcome he and his wife Sarah and their three children to our community.”

Jones comes to Brownsboro after spending the past five years as an administrator in the Hallsville school district.

“I was actually looking for a great place to bring my family and I have three little girls,” Jones said. “I was looking for a great community and a great school district and found Brownsboro. I am really excited to be here and my wife is a school teacher.”

Jones said that during his tenure at Hallsville, he was a high school teacher and administrator before making the switch to the middle-school level.

“I have been the principal of grades 4-8 over the past five years,” Jones said. “I wanted to get back to the high school level so that is why I sought the position.”

Moran said that with his experience in the administrator level, he knows the high school is in the right hands with Jones.

“I know he is passionate about working at the high school,” Moran said. “The committee that selected the applicants were very excited about what he can bring to our district.”

With the semester starting Aug. 26, Jones said they are in the process of putting the final touches in place from new teachers to taking care of other business within the high school.

“Right now we have a few positions left to fill. We have some scheduling to complete and other than that we are finalizing the student handbook,” Jones said. “We are also getting prepared for the first week when the staff gets back. I am setting up a one-on-one meeting with the staff so that I can know them better and getting ready for that first day of school.”

Jones said the upcoming year should be a great year for the students at the high school.

“We are going to have a great opportunity to do some really good things this year,” Jones said. “I think this district and this campus has been an outstanding campus and we are sitting poised for even greater things.”

Jones said that with Tuesday being only his second day on campus, he already has some goals in place.

“Obviously we want to see that every kid is taken care of and every single student that walks through our doors graduates with an education that is top quality,” Jones said.

Rob Shipley was named the new Junior High Assistant Principal and will begin Aug. 5. Shipley has been a teacher and coach at Lindale High School.

“Rob Shipley is a charasmatic young man with a bright future,” Moran said. “We believe he can develop into a campus principal in the near future and he will bring a strength to the junior high and a great assistant to Brad Robertson.”