CROWLEY -- Nine of the 23 campuses in the Crowley school district will have different principals in August, as part of a massive shift of campus leaders involving 17 administrators.
The changes were approved and announced at the Crowley school board meeting Thursday night. The board also approved a $101.4 million 2011-12 budget that comes with a $3.7 million deficit.
The leadership changes are aimed at improving test scores and increasing college readiness by having more students take college entrance exams and AP courses, according to Superintendent Dan Powell.
The principal appointments announced Thursday include Jim Phillips to Crowley Ninth Grade, Renee Treat to Stevens Middle, Jaretha Jordan to Mary Harris Intermediate, Shaketa Traylor to Hargrave Elementary and JonAnne Ledford to Poynter Elementary.
Previously announced principals are Lyndsae Benton, Crowley Middle; Teri Conley, Parkway Elementary; Charmaine Rambo, Walker Intermediate; and Leo Gardiner, Crowley Learning Center.
Eight assistant principal appointments included four former principals.
No decision has been made on whether to ask Crowley voters for a property tax increase, Powell said, but that didn't stop the superintendent from mentioning Sept. 10 as a date for a possible tax ratification election.
"It's too early to make that decision, but it is something to talk about," Powell said.
The district's maintenance and operations tax rate is $1.04 per $100 of assessed property value. Voters could approve raising it as high as $1.17. The part of the tax rate for debt service is 49.5 cents.
Trustees have a narrow window to call an election for Sept. 10. The law requires 30 days between the board vote and the election day.
Board members agreed to allow Powell to continue preliminary planning for a September date and return with a report for the July meeting. But one voice advised restraint.
"I would urge the board to put the election at the first available date in 2012," if an election is called, said open forum speaker Jesse Johnson, a city councilman. "I believe September would be too early. It needs to be sold to the voters if it is going to pass."
Crowley's last tax rate election was in fall 2008. It failed.
The district budget was approved with one caveat: Officials still don't have solid revenue figures from the state or the certified tax rolls.
"We will be coming back with budget amendments in July and August that will be the real budget," Powell said.
Thursday was the district's deadline to approve a budget for the next school year.
In other action, trustees approved a proposal to outsource custodial services to GCA, a contractor that provides services to several North Texas districts. The Crowley district already outsources transportation and food services.
Shirley Jinkins, 817-390-7657