Basketball coach Harden named assistant principal at high school
By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor
Apr. 3, 2007 - Sulphur Springs Independent School District trustees Monday night approved boys basketball coach Rusty Harden to fill the assistant principal's slot left open when John McCullough was promoted to principal at Sulphur Springs High School.
Prior to coaching at SSHS, Harden served as an assistant principal in Mineola. He has lived in Sulphur Springs for a number of years, and his wife, Amy, teaches at Bowie Elementary School.
McCullough recommended Harden for the assistant principal's post, according to Superintendent Patsy Bolton. McCullough was appointed earlier this spring to replace Chuck King as SSHS principal after King announced his retirement, effective at the end of the school year.
Harden's placement leaves the basketball post open, one of a few other coaching positions which will need to be filled due to reassignments or relocations.
Christi Funk's spot as volleyball coach will be left open, as she was appointed full time math teacher at Sulphur Springs Middle School. Head tennis coach Susan Reynolds' post will also be open, as she is moving to a full-time position teaching history at SSMS.
Ron Smith's job as a golf coach and Jennifer Smith's as a special education teacher at SSHS will also be open. Both submitted their resignations due to relocation.
The board also accepted the resignations of fifth grade teacher Buffy Coleman, SSMS history teacher Matt McCray and SSMS band instructor Cristie Roye. The band director said she would bee seeking employment closer to her home in Mesquite so she won't have quite as long a commute. Their positions will also be posted for new applicants.