NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A long succession of leadership changes at Nacogdoches High School is continuing.
Dr. Michael O'Guin, Nacogdoches High School's principal, has announced he's leaving in June.
That makes the number of high school principals in the last decade four for NISD.
O'Guin's first experience as a high school principal wasn't easy. He dealt with teachers challenging his directives, new discipline measures, and a superintendent turnover. Despite it all, O'Guin said he'll have positive memories.
"Our failure rate has been down for two years in a row,' O'Guin said. "It has dropped and continues to drop. Our attendance rate has been up. Our athletic program is on the rise, and our academics are on the rise."
The school board just extended O'Guin's contract. Then he heard from former NISD Superintendent Sandra Dowdy encouraging him to join her at Hays Consolidated at an administrative level.
"But because we worked together when the position became available, I applied for the position," O'Guin said.
The search for a new Nacogdoches High School principal now begins. Interim superintendent Alton Frailey knows the qualifications he needs.
"Someone who can connect with the students and the staff, who will put the needs of the students first and also understands the power and importance of environment," Frailey said. "You have a culture of how you do things and climate in how you feel in the culture, and I want both."
The Rev. James Ervin, the school board president, is wanting a continuation of some of what O'Guin put into place.
"Discipline," Ervin said. "He's brought morale, and I think he's been good for our kids."
Another change over at Nacogdoches ISD, whether it's for career development or otherwise, reflects outward to the community. The Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation knows education is a priority for businesses and residents looking to relocate.
"They're going to be looking at things like test scores," said Larissa Philpot, NEDCO's president and CEO. "Are the kids graduating with the skills that they need."
They're goals that O'Guin will now have in another community, but he is wanting his successor to achieve them as well.
Frailey plans to meet with the high school faculty Thursday.
He says he may have a principal identified by the time O'Guin leaves following the Nacogdoches High School graduation on June 8th.