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School Employees Shifting Names, Titles

District says goodbye to retiring employees

DALLAS -- Several school district employees are either retiring or leaving the Dallas School district this year.

Many of the staff members are from Oakdale Heights Elementary School, where students and staff will say goodbye to second-grade teacher Gloria Hunter; media specialist Frances Stuck; fifth grade teacher Juanita Clark; secretary Jane Johnston and counselor Lee English.

Three teachers won't be back at the high school: math teacher Dennis Fritz, science teacher Stan Church and vocal music director Cynthia Catchpole.

Principal Scott McLeod will become principal of Lyle Elementary, and assistant principal Keith Ussery will take over his job.

Assistant Principal Cory Bradshaw is leaving the district, and the district is still searching for someone to fill her shoes.

Brian Green, assistant principal at LaCreole Middle School, is taking over Ussery's assistant principal position at the High School. The district is still sorting through the applications it's received for Green's position at LaCreole.

Lyle Principal Christy Perry will step into a newly created position at the district office, as personnel director.

Morrison Alternative School is losing one staff member, Gail Greenhalge, who works with the Polk Alternative program.

Carole Houy from LaCreole is on a one-year leave of absence for next year.

Director of Federal Programs Peggy Holdstedt and alternative education teacher Mel Grimes were laid off when their positions were cut in an effort to deal with the state's budget shortfall.

Superintendent Dave Novotney said he doesn't know whether he will hire someone to fill all the vacated spots.

"We might have to leave some positions unfilled," he said. "It just isn't clear yet."

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