School board eyes new principal hire

Rockdale High School could have a new principal, technically its third this summer, as soon as next week.

Lee Jenkins, Rockdale ISD board president, said a special board meeting “would probably” be called toward the end of next week.

“We’re close,” Jenkins said. “In fact we probably could have done it this week but this is the mid-summer ‘dead week’ when all the school offices are closed.”

Interviews were conducted last week with prospective candidates following the surprise announcement that Harry “Luke” Allison had turned down the position.

Allison was hired June 21 by trustees to replace Chad Jones, who left RHS at the end of the school term to become superintendent of the West Hardin County ISD.

Allison, assistant principal at Groesbeck High School, visited RHS two days later, then advised RISD Supt. Dr. Howell Wright he was turning down the job for “personal reasons.”

That sent the district back to the drawing board for more interviews.

“I believe we are ready to offer the job again, but we won’t be able to act until everyone gets back from the off week,” Jenkins said.

“My guess is we will post an agenda early next week for a meeting toward the end of that week,” he said.

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