Superintendent Announces Principal Change for J.B. Hood Junior High


ECISD today announced a change of leadership at John B. Hood Junior High. Principal Henri Lewis accepted the position of Director of Title II meaning she will now oversee the scheduling and documentation of employee training, manage federal funds, and support electronic curriculum like credit recovery and reading assessments.

While announcing the move, Superintendent of Schools Hector Mendez thanked Ms. Lewis for the year she worked at the school. "Henri did a good job at John B. Hood under very difficult circumstances," he said. "I have confidence in her abilities and she will do well as our Director of Title II."

The change is something Ms. Lewis desired. "I do not want to be a distraction in this process," she said. "The goal is to change the culture at our school to one of high expectations and success. Everyone's energy and attention should be focused on the kids, not on the principal. I have always had a heart for professional development and have a lot of experience in managing federal funds. I am truly excited about this opportunity."

At the same time Mr. Mendez announced that Wayne Squiers, the Principal at Cavazos Elementary for the past six years, will move to John B. Hood as principal. Mr. Squiers has worked for ECISD since 1993 as a classroom teacher, teacher interventionist, assistant principal and principal.

"Wayne is well-known within the District and the community," said Mr. Mendez. "He is highly regarded among the Cavazos staff and families. He is a very good choice to lead John B. Hood into the future."

"I am very excited about the journey and the adventure that is before me," said Mr. Squiers. "I look forward to the challenge."

ECISD is currently working with the University of Virginia and the Texas Turnaround Leadership Academy to design an educational program to reinvigorate the school's culture. Mr. Squiers and an interview committee that includes representatives from ECISD's curriculum department, Texas Education Agency, TTLA, and the UVA turnaround group will begin to Screen applicants right away.

The search will also begin for Mr. Squiers' replacement at Cavazos.