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Pettus narrows leader search
by Bill Clough
Apr 05, 2012 | 1394 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brian Thompson, the secondary school principal at Pettus, will likely become the district’s superintendent July 1. The Pettus ISD board of trustees chose him from seven applicants. The board must wait 21 days before making the selection final.
Brian Thompson, the secondary school principal at Pettus, will likely become the district’s superintendent July 1. The Pettus ISD board of trustees chose him from seven applicants. The board must wait 21 days before making the selection final.
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PETTUS — On July 1, Brian Thompson, the current secondary school principal here, will move to a new desk, barely 500 feet to the south.

His title also will change — to superintendent of the Pettus Independent School District.

At a special called meeting Saturday, the PISD board of trustees unanimously chose Thompson, 47, to be the superintendent of the 430-student body district.

He replaces Tucker Rackley, who resigned earlier this year.

Sitting in Rackley’s office on Monday, Thompson admitted that Rackley is a tough act to follow.

“The biggest challenge is following in his (Rackley’s) footsteps. They’re big shoes to fill, but at least I know what size they are.”

Twenty-four candidates applied for Rackley’s position; during four special board meetings the seven trustees narrowed the field to seven, finally choosing five to interview.

By state law, the board must wait 21 days before signing a contract with Thompson who, Rackley says, has the most years of administration experience of the final five applicants.

“When I announced I was retiring, the board was aware that Mr. Thompson would apply, and that he would be more worthy of consideration,” Rackley said.

He cited three facets of Thompson’s 13-year administrative experience that gives him a superintendent’s edge: academics, discipline and a knowledge of extra-curricular activities.

During his three-year tenure as secondary school principal, the school:

• Was rated as a recognized campus by the Texas Education Association.

• Received a Gold Performance Acknowledgement in 2011 for Higher Education Component: English Language Arts and mathematics.

• Received a Gold Performance Acknowledgement in 2010 for College Ready and Higher Education Component in mathematics.

• Recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top high schools in the country.

“We have such good people working here. I feel confident we’ll keep doing what we’ve been doing,” Thompson says.

Thompson’s wife, Debbie, teaches pre-kindegarten at PISD.

Although he will remain as secondary school principal until some 40 seniors are graduated next month, part of his focus will be the search for a new principal.

A committee of teachers and Thompson will start the search; he hopes to name a replacement in the first week of May.

Although Thompson’s first job was teaching and coaching in the Comal Independent School District — “there were more than 1,000 students in the seventh and eighth grade” — he prefers a more rural setting.

Among his credentials is something his colleagues may not expect: he is a certified Texas school bus driver instructor.

“At Comal I taught and coached, so I had to drive the bus,” he explains.

Bill Clough is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 122, or at beepic@mySouTex.com.
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