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Kirbyville CISD narrowing down principal candidates to fill vacancies

Kirbyville High School (KFDM photo)

With the Kirbyville Consolidated Independent School District without leadership at all three of its campuses, superintendent Tommy Wallis notified the faculty and staff earlier this week that a hiring committee has narrowed down candidates to take over as principal at the high school, where former principal Dennis Reeves was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in May.

Since Reeves' May 23 death, the school district has also lost its principals at the middle and elementary schools to jobs at other districts, leaving a void in leadership at its campuses for much of the summer.

Wallis, who has been under intense scrutiny as one of the last people to speak to Reeves before he took his own life, told staffers Tuesday that the hiring committee plans "to have the lone candidate vetted and ready to take before the board of trustees next week, pending board availability."

Administrators are also reviewing applications for middle and elementary school positions. A hiring committee is ready to begin interviews for the middle school principal job and Wallis told staffers he will be reaching out to elementary school officials for input on the campus' prospective leader.

"We realize the longer any of our schools are without permanent leadership, it caused undo stress and anxiety," Wallis wrote. "Over the past month, KCISD has gone through trials many will never face, but our district and community will prevail. Each day we receive cards and encouragement from community members and friends across the state are lifting us up in prayer. Kirbyville is a district that puts our children first in our decisions and our staff is strong. For example, our students each year out perform Region V and the state on STAAR and EOC tests. You work hard, prepare, and do what needs to be done in order to give our students the best. Thank you!"

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