Fort Worth's Diamond Hill Elementary gets new principal as TAKS inquiry continues

FORT WORTH -- A new principal has been appointed for Diamond Hill Elementary School while district administrators investigate possible irregularities in TAKS testing.

Ellen Verreault, currently assistant principal at Sam Rosen Elementary, was named principal of Diamond Hill at Tuesday night's school board meeting. A new assistant principal was also appointed.

Principal Keith Burgett had resigned for personal reasons, officials said.

District spokesman Clint Bond said one person remains on administrative leave. Initially, two people, whom the district has declined to name, were placed on leave

This month, administrators said they were investigating reports of testing irregularities on the May retest of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, but they declined to say what the irregularities were or how they found out about them.

About 20 fifth-graders must retake the TAKS this summer. The state requires fifth-graders to pass the math and reading portions to be promoted.

In other appointments announced Tuesday, the board approved creating a chief of administration position that will be filled by Sylvia Reyna, who is associate superintendent at the Edgewood district in San Antonio.

EVA-MARIE AYALA, 817-390-7700