Tyler ISD trustees appointed two principals and approved design drawings for renovation of the A.T. Stewart Middle School on Thursday.

The drawings show that the fa￧ade of the building will be upgraded to mirror a modern, collegiate level look.

Starting next school year, a new early college high school program and a new alternative school of choice will occupy Stewart.

The board discussed, but took no action on, naming the school of choice, which will replace the PACE program for at-risk students. Names under consideration are Conquest Academy, RISE Academy (an acron-ym for Reach for Inspiration with Speed and Excellence) and Tyler FLEX Academy.

Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford said his choice is RISE Academy and he recommended including the name of the late former Principal Alvin Anderson in the name of the new school.

The property where PACE is located, a former Naval Reserve Building, will revert to the U.S. Government.

The board appointed Tara Brown of Manor ISD as principal of Orr Elementary School and Jonathan Kegler of Nacogdoches ISD as principal of Pete Elementary School, effective July 21.

The board canceled the election for school board member representing District 7 since incumbent Andy Bergfeld is unopposed for re-election.

However, the election for school board member representing District 5 will be May 9. Seeking that position are incumbent Barbara Smith and challenger Aaron Martinez.

The board revised district policy to allow nonresident students to apply for admission to district schools based on available space, instructional staff and the student's disciplinary and attendance records.

The board received a report from the bond oversight committee that recommended enclosing two external courtyards.


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