Emily Hays and Scott Muckensturm

The Royse City ISD school board announced that Emily Hays, left, will be the new assistant principal for Miss May Vernon Elementary. She is pictured with RCISD Board President Scott Mukensturm. 

The Royse City ISD School Board of Trustees officially welcomed Emily Hays as the new assistant principal for Miss May Vernon Elementary School at its regular meeting Monday night. 

Hays earned her bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University, a master’s degree in educational administration from Texas A&M University - Commerce and brings 17 years of experience in education. She joined the administration team at Vernon Elementary from Royse City Middle School.

“We just want to congratulate you,” RCISD Superintendent Kevin Worthy said to her during the board meeting. “You’ve always been a strong advocate for our district and we’re so excited about the next chapter in your life.”

The board also heard updates on the construction of the new Bobby Summers School, renovations on Ouida Baley Middle School and the band hall expansion at Royse City High School. Construction on the band hall moved from the new expanded part to the renovation of the existing portion of the band hall. George DeJohn with Claycomb Associates, Architects talked about the expansion project and detailed the changes made. 

“Everything should be complete and installed at that point,” DeJohn said when Worthy asked about completion for summer band in late July. “It’ll just be a matter of corrections little things like paint and scuff marks.”

Jim Lawson, the school district’s executive director of operations, gave updates on the middle schools. He indicated that new bathrooms, three new rooms and a hallway with new lockers at Ouida Middle School are set to be completed within the next month. 

“All of these items have to be completed in the next thirty days,” he said. “So obviously we’re pushing as hard as we can.” 

The more long term projects at Baley Middle School include the cafeteria expansion, a new library and an addition that will house the school’s administration. 

“This is slated to complete around March 15, over spring break,” Lawson told the school board. 

The update given on the construction of Bobby Summers Middle School, located in Fate, indicated that the project is still in its early stages since crews first broke ground on it in January. The school itself is set to open for school in August 2020. 

Assistant Superintendent Julia Robinson gave the board a presentation on a student survey, called the L.E.A.D. learner profile, that assessed student understanding of the L.E.A.D. learner; which stands for learn, excel, advocate and discover. 

This is the first survey conducted and an advisory board made up of teachers from the district will use the survey and their own observations to create lesson plans that develop student qualities inside and outside the classroom. 

“It’s what we would want our children to aspire to be, what characteristics we want the kids to have,” district spokeswoman Adi Bryant said. “There are things in there like ‘embrace challenges’ and ‘accept diversity,’ those kids of things.” 

The school board also approved updates to district handbooks and approved board member Eric Fort district representative for the Texas Association of School Boards delegate assembly. 

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