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April 11 Board Meeting Notes

Board Notes: April 11, 2022

Crandall High School and the district’s new Freshman Center have their new principals, and Noble-Reed Elementary

is set with a new assistant principal, after CISD Trustees approved hiring all three positions at Monday night’s board meeting.

Bill Eihusen (Crandall HS), Kristy Sanders (Freshman Center) and Stephanie Franks (Noble-Reed ES) officially start their new roles later this summer as the 2022-23 school year begins, but will begin acclimating to the positions over the next few months.

Bill Eihusen
Principal, Crandall High School

  • Six years in education—Greater Clark County Schools (Indiana)
  • Currently at Jeffersonville High School (Jeffersonville, Ind.) as assistant principal
  • Also served as aerospace science and leadership teacher two years
  • Prior to education, spent more than 11 years in the United States Air Force, finishing there as regional recruiting production superintendent at the 332nd Recruiting Squadron in Nashville, Tenn. He was also stationed overseas in Germany and Japan in recruiting capacities
  • Holds 23 Air Force decorations and is a graduate of United States Marine Corps Executive Leadership Academy

Kristy Sanders
Principal, Freshman Center

  • 26 years in education—Watson Chapel School District (Pine Bluff, Ark.), Grady School District (Grady, Ark.), Arkansas Department of Education
  • Most recently served Watson Chapel School District as the district curriculum supervisor for grades K-12
  • Also served as secondary curriculum supervisor, lead principal and support coach for the Arkansas Department of Education, high school principal, junior high principal, biology teacher, cheer and dance coach
  • Obtaining her doctorate of educational administration

Stephanie Franks
Assistant Principal, Noble-Reed Elementary School

  • 12 years in education—Crandall ISD, Paris ISD
  • Currently at Noble-Reed ES as sixth grade teacher, where she began in 2019
  • Also served in Paris ISD, where she taught first, second and fourth grades between 2010-19
  • Earned her master's degree in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M-Commerce. Recognized as Pirate of the Month here in CISD, is part of the district’s mentor program and heavily involved with PTO

“We are thrilled to welcome Bill and Kristy to our Pirate family, and to see Stephanie advance her career with us,” said CISD Superintendent Dr. Wendy Eldredge. “While all three bring unique perspectives to the job based on their individual experiences, they also meet the needs of students and align nicely with the wants of our teachers. There will be meet-and-greets for all later this summer as we pick back up for the 2022-23 school year.”

The CHS principal position became available in February when Jared Miller accepted the principal position at Anna High School to be closer to extended family. Both the Freshman Center and its principal position are new for next school year.

Trustees also heard elementary campus rezoning information centered on keeping students close to home in their neighborhood schools. Dr. Anjanette Murry, who oversees the enrollment process for CISD, stressed the importance of family and balance in her notes.

“When people move into a neighborhood, they see an elementary campus and they want to go to that school,” Murry said “That’s certainly understandable. Very little is more frustrating for families than not being able to go to the school nearest where you live.”

Goals of the 2022-23 elementary rezoning plan were to keep students close to home and at the same campus, utilize major roads for boundaries, minimize impact to transportation, and balance the district’s programming needs.

Primary campus impacts include:

  • Dietz ES will be home to students who reside in Heartland on the western side of Hwy. 741
  • Noble-Reed ES will be home to all students in the Wildcat Ranch development as well as Talty and Crandall Hills.
  • Walker ES will be home to students who reside in Heartland on the eastern side of Hwy. 741, in the Dallas East Estates development and the Highbridge development

Martin and Wilson elementaries will not be rezoned.

Beginning April 19, families impacted by the rezoning—or that have students in special education—will be contacted directly by CISD. Exempt requests will be considered for students in their final year of elementary school. 

Administration also shared new school start times for the 2022-23 school year. Dr. Carri Eddy, the district’s chief academic officer, shared feedback including traffic studies, consultation with the City of Crandall, and teacher surveys.

Instructional minutes will also increase to 465 per day. This allows the district to build into the school calendar bad weather makeup days, eliminating springtime makeup days.