ARLINGTON -- Marlene Roddy, a longtime assistant principal at Martin High School, has been named principal, filling the vacancy left when Melinda Reeves was suspended in May for undisclosed reasons.
Superintendent Jerry McCullough announced the appointment at a school board meeting Thursday. There was no discussion of Reeves or her status with the district.
Roddy has been assistant principal at Martin since 1996. She started with the district as a history and government teacher at Martin in 1988 and later served as assistant principal at Boles Junior High School.
"We took action on that position to make sure someone is in the lead for this coming school year," Trustee Gloria Pena said. "She's demonstrated she has the ability and ... has the confidence of the staff and has worked well for the students."
Reeves had been the principal at Martin, the largest of the district's six high schools, since 2008. She was placed on paid administrative leave May 13. District officials have declined to discuss the case, citing personnel privacy requirements.
Pena said the board has not been updated on the case. After the meeting, McCullough declined to comment on the status of Reeves but said his appointment is final.
Also at the meeting, board members said school textbooks will apparently not be available from the state in time for the start of school Aug. 22. Because of a revamping of the textbook system and a delay in state funding, the Texas Education Agency said it will not begin accepting book orders until Aug. 1.
McCullough said the books might not arrive in classrooms until September.
Also, the board plans to observe its annual custom of not meeting in July. Trustees will return Aug. 4 for the staff's presentation of a proposed budget for 2011-12.