Austin High School holds community meeting for new principal selection
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Austin High School is on the hunt for a new principal and on Thursday evening, district officials asked the community for their help finding the right candidate at a community meeting.
EPISD says they'll use both staff and community suggestions to create a principal profile and come up with questions to ask candidates during the interview process.
A campus committee will then interview the candidates for the first time on March 3rd, and then have a second round of interviews on March 4th.
Austin High School has been without a principal since EPISD fired Dr. John Tanner back in December 2013.
Tanner faced termination for his alleged involvement in the district-wide cheating scandal that landed two former EPISD administrators behind bars.
He was eventually cleared of any wrong-doing, but was then placed on leave a second time for unknown reasons.
One parent at Thursday evening's community meeting said there was no reason for firing Dr. Tanner in the first place and doesn't think the district will take community input for the new principal seriously.
"Dr. Tanner was like a parent figure and we were doing very well. Pregnancy was down, no gangs, drugs were at a minimal. You want to come and see now?" said Maria Dolores Salomon Tapia, an Austin High School parent.
EPISD hopes to hire a new principal for Austin High School by March 17th.