SSMS Principal Woolley taking superintendent post
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

May 6, 2005 - While students and teachers are working to wind down the school year, administration is beginning a time of change and transition at Sulphur Springs Middle School.

Sulphur Springs Middle School Principal Kevin Woolley recently notified school administrators that Oakwood Independent School District has offered him the superintendent's position with that district, and he has accepted.

Woolley will officially assume the superintendent's post at Oakwood on June 13.

"I am excited and looking forward to this new opportunity that has presented itself to me," Woolley said Wednesday afternoon. "The district is a small district that, like all districts. always has room for improvement. and we're going down there and trying to help do that there too.

"I have really enjoyed nine years working in Sulphur Springs. I appreciate the opportunities the district he has given me. They have always been good to my family," Woolley said, referring to his son and daughter, who will remain in Sulphur Springs.

Woolley completed his superintendent certification last year, and has been inquiring at districts this year regarding superintendent openings. He interviewed earlier this year at Oakwood ISD, and tendered his resignation as SSMS principal to school administrators after being named the lone finalist for superintendent of the 1A school district located south of Palestine. He was hired as principal at SSMS nine years ago, moving to Sulphur Springs from Mesquite.

"We are excited for Mr. Woolley but are sad for the school district and community," Bolton said. "He has been very involved in church and community as well as the school district. We are pleased that he can move up to the next level in his career."

School administrators posted the principal opening Tuesday, and will be accepting applications through May 11 from personnel already employed within SSISD. Those applying will be required to hold a principal's certification issued through Texas Education Agency, and turn in an application letter and resume to Assistant Superintendent Randy Reed by May 11.

They also met with middle school staff Tuesday morning to discuss the changes and "get their input." Each staff member was issued a survey with places for them to write their needs and thoughts regarding the principal then are to return to administrators.

Those comments will be considered when screening along with the requirements, prior administrative experience, previous work history and other qualifications and accomplishments.

The information will be presented to the school board at the called meeting the week of May 16, with interviews to be scheduled the following week. Bolton said that in the event "we do not find the right person" among the district applicants, the principal's position will then be opened up for qualified members of the public to apply.

Woolley could not be reached by News-Telegram staff Wednesday morning for comment.

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