By Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
Vidor school board members on Monday hired a former resident as the district’s high school principal.
The Vidor Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to hire Jay Killgo at a specially called meeting Monday night on the recommendation of Superintendent Ron Madding and Assistant Superintendent Willie Hayes.
“We’re excited about the hiring of Mr. Killgo,” board President Mike Quinn said in a telephone interview. “He’s lived in Vidor before, and he is returning with his family. He wants to be involved with the district and he seems to like the community.”
Quinn said 10 people applied for the vacant high school principal position.
“We had several from within the district apply for the position and others from outside the district in neighboring districts,” Quinn said. “We put a lot of stock in Mr. Madding’s and Mr. Haye’s recommendation.”
According to Quinn, Killgo was most recently the principal of Hull-Daisetta High School. Killgo lived in Vidor while serving as an assistant principal at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School prior to his stint at Hull Daisetta.
Quinn said Killgo, reportedly in his mid-30s, is pursuing his doctorate degree in education and has been in education for more than 10 years.
The principal position at Vidor High School became vacant when former principal Dr. Lynn Hancock resigned in June to pursue a job in the business sector.
Several assistant principal positions at Vidor High School, which had been open, have since been filled. Current assistant principals are Penny Colton, Shannon Larson, Vanessa Bennett and Danny Reynolds, who moved to the high school from the junior high.
Since school ended in May, several other principal positions have been filled at various other VISD campuses.
Linda Durmon has returned to serve as principal of Vidor Elementary after serving as interim principal for the second semester of the 2006-2007 school year.
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