Gilmer hires new principal
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
May 22, 2014 | 1361 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Gilmer School Board on Monday night named Kim Banuelos as principal of Gilmer Elementary School, accepted the resignation of Board Member Mike Tackett effective June 7, and reelected Jeff Rash as board President before three trustees were sworn in for new terms.

Mrs. Banuelos has been an Elementary Assistant Principal in Allen ISD since 2011. Her resumé shows she has also been an Independent Educational Consultant in Texas since 2002, having served Gilmer and White Oak ISDs among other school districts.

Also known as Kim Dumaine, Mrs. Banuelos’s resumé shows she has “15 plus years of experience with staff development creation and presentation, including New Teacher induction.” The resumé shows she joined Allen ISD as District Math Instructional Specialist in 2009 after serving in various positions from 1999-2009 in Richardson ISD.

She was a classroom teacher at Northwood Hills Elementary from 1999-2005 before assuming math-related posts in the district. Prior to joining Richardson ISD, she was Assistant Director of Kindergarten Building and a morning kindergarten teacher at the Hamilton Academy Private School in Farmers Branch from 1993-1997.

Her resumé shows she holds a B.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Tyler, and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Administration from Lamar University. She was named Summa cum Laude at both schools.

She succeeds John Wink, who resigned to become Tatum ISD’s Curriculum Director.

Mrs. Banuelos joins Gilmer ISD as Tackett, who didn’t attend Monday’s meeting, departs the board. In his letter of resignation, the board’s vice president said he was relocating his family to Kerrville since he had accepted a post as Director of Risk Management for the H.E. Butt Foundation.

Tackett, who has been on the School Board seven years, said the foundation “operates a non-denominational Christian Camp which serves over 22,000 children, families and adults” yearly.

His resignation is effective at 12:01 a.m. June 7, allowing him to participate in June 6 graduation ceremonies. School Supt. Rick Albritton told the board it could appoint Tackett’s replacement, or leave his seat vacant till next May’s board election.

Rash told trustees to come up with some names for possible replacements.

In his May 16 resignation letter to what he called “the best school board and superintendent in the state of Texas,” Tackett also took a swipe at certain opponents of the school’s bond issue, which voters rejected last November.

“Although a few uneducated individuals managed to sway a majority vote, please don’t give up on the idea of taking the educational process of our high school students to the next level through state of the art buildings and advanced learning centers.”

In reorganizing Monday, the board not only reelected Rash as President, but chose Kenny Southwell as vice president to succeed Tackett in that role and reelected Gloria King as secretary.

At meeting’s end, School Secretary Judy Moore administered the oath of office to Trustees Todd Tefteller, Mark Skinner and Mrs. King, who were unopposed for reelection in May, allowing the school to cancel its annual board election under state law and declare them elected.

Tefteller joked to Mrs. Moore, “You can swear us all in together like a bunch of drunks in Dallas County Court-Of-Law.”
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