Pelzel new principal in RISD

Superintendent granted extension on contract

Pelzel Pelzel Kathy Pelzel, an employee of the Rockdale ISD technology department for the past 10 years, was named new principal of Rockdale Intermediate School Thursday by trustees.

Meeting in regular session, w ith an agenda dominated by per son nel, board members a lso okayed a one-year contract extension for Supt. Dr. Howell Wright.

PRINCIPAL—Pelzel replaces Pam Kaufmann who was named assistant superintendent for instruction and administration in December.

The former Kathy Bozeman is a Rockdale native, graduating Rockdale High School in 1989 and going on to earn undergraduate and masters degrees from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.

She came back to her home town and has been employed in the Rockdale ISD for 16 years, the first six as a teacher.

Pelzel taught fourth, fifth and seventh grade before moving into the technology department.

“It’s been quite an eventful 10 years in technology,” she said. “There have been lots of changes.”

Why did she want to get into administration?

“ That’s easy,” she said. “ I missed being with the students. This will get me back with the kids every day.”

Pelzel and husband Jody have two children, Christa an RHS senior and Josh, an RHS freshman.

Her new job begins May 2 but she is already working with Kaufmann in a transition.

SUPERINTENDENT—Dr. Wright received a one-year extension on his contract which now has an expiration date of June 30, 2013.

The extension does not include any salary increases.

Trustees also okayed the following resignations:

Elementary—Jo Rek, kindergarten teacher, effective at end of school year; Molly Graham, second-grade teacher, effective at end of school year.

High school—Crystal Lang, agriculture teacher, effective at end of school year.

T ra nspor tat ion— Laysha Vargas, bus driver, effective June 3, 2011.

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