(Orange, Texas)

August 1, 2007

VISD selects Killgo as high school principal

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.

Jami Poteet has been promoted to principal of Oak Forest Elementary after serving as assistant principal.

Janet Bradley has accepted the role of principal at the AIM Center High School. She was previously an assistant principal at Vidor Middle School.

Nancy Smith remains as principal of Vidor Middle School with assistant principal Lane Mason. Brandy Antill, previously a teacher at VMS, is the new fifth-grade assistant principal.

Dr. Debra Jordan, principal of Vidor Junior High School, is joined by Lorna Alvis and Jeff Leger as assistant principals.

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