AISD Names New Principal Candidates

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – In a press release from the Abilene Independent School District, two new candidates for principal positions have been announced.

Mildred Petty of Clack Middle School will be the new principal for Martinez Elementary School, and pending board approval, Joey Gonzalez of Lake Highlands High School in Richardson, TX will be the new principal for Craig Middle School.

Announced in March, Petty will be taking over for Michael Garcia, who is set the be the new principal for Abilene High School. Joey Gonzalez takes over at Craig for Dr. Dan Dukes, who will be the new Executive Director of Student Services.

Mildred Petty has spent her entire career at Clack Elementary, working from teacher’s aide all the way to assistant principal over the past 17 years.

Gonzalez has been in school administration since 2005, all in the Richardson ISD. His wife, Kate, is an Abilene native.

AISD Superintendent Dr. David Young said this of the two candidates in the press release: “While Ms. Petty has spent her entire career at the middle school level, she possesses the skills necessary in the area of relationships, instructional leadership and community and cultural awareness to lead Martinez in the future. Mr. Gonzalez comes to us with valuable experience in secondary administration at two different junior high schools and the high school level. We are excited about his family moving to Abilene.”

These recommendations will be presented to the Board of Trustees at it’s June meeting.

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