Elementary School Principals Named
Ms. Debbie Burt has been named as the principal of Vaughan Elementary School for next year. She comes to Vaughan from Anderson Elementary School, where she has served as principal since 2011. She also served as assistant principal at Anderson for five years. She began her teaching career in Plano in 1990 and joined the Bolin Elementary School staff in 2001. She was the school’s Gifted and Talented Specialist for four years. In addition, Burt has directed Allen ISD’s summer GT program called Camp Invention. She replaces Mrs. Honey Gray, who will be retiring from Vaughan Elementary in June.
Mrs. Regina Frazier-Dumar will replace Debbie Burt as principal of Anderson next year. Frazier-Dumar has been principal of Boyd Elementary School for the past two years. She was an intermediate school principal in Royse City from 2013-2015 and served as an assistant principal at Green Elementary School in Allen from 2007-2013. Her teaching career included elementary assignments in Merkel ISD, Boyd Elementary and Vaughan Elementary Schools in Allen.
Mrs. Melissa Pursifull will move to Lindsey Elementary School in August. She has served as principal since 2014 and assistant principal at Rountree Elementary School since 2010. She began her career as a fourth grade teacher at Rountree and then worked as a math instructional coach for five years for a total of 14 years at the school. She replaces Mrs. Rachel Kaiser at Lindsey, who has accepted an administrative position with the Broken Arrow (OK) schools for next year.
Interviews for principal openings at Boyd and Rountree Elementary Schools are currently underway and are expected to be presented to the Board of Trustees later this month.
“We were looking to do more than fill principal vacancies,” explained Shelia Smith, assistant superintendent for human resources. “Our approach has been to find the best candidates and the best fit for them. We developed candidate profiles from the campus staff and used that information in making these decisions.”
“I think the principals would agree,” added Dr. Scott Niven, superintendent of schools, “that school leadership is an important component in student success but the instruction that takes place in the classroom each day is most important. Our focus will remain on students and we will provide the support needed to smoothly put these administrative changes in place.”
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