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Meysembourg named ‘Superintendent of the Year’

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From Staff Reports

WOODVILLE – Woodville ISD Superintendent Lisa Meysembourg received news of a high honor last week.

Meysembourg was named “Superintendent of the Year” for the Region 5 educational service area. Meysembourg, who came to lead WISD in 2019, after serving as superintendent with Schulenburg ISD, was named the top administrator for the year out of more than 30 school districts.

Region 5, according to its website, services the school districts of Tyler, Newton, Orange, Jefferson, Jasper and Hardin counties, as well as High Island ISD, Hull-Daisetta ISD, East Chambers ISD and Liberty ISD. Together, the service region covers approximately 87,000 students and more than 6,100 educators.

A post on the Woodville ISD Facebook page stated “the staff at WISD is so proud and excited for our boss.”

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Hatton named new Spurger JH/HS principal

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By Chris Edwards
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SPURGER – At its regular monthly meeting of the Spurger ISD Board of Trustees in June, the SISD board voted to appoint Michael Hatton as the new principal for the junior high and high school campus.

Hatton, who most recently served as an administrator in Kountze ISD, and Lumberton ISD before that, was born and raised in Spurger, and graduated Spurger High School.

Hatton has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Lamar University. He replaces his wife, Amanda, in the new position. Amanda Hatton accepted a position with the Region 5 Education Service Center as a program coordinator.

Prior to serving as an administrator, Hatton taught and coached at the middle and high school levels in Spurger, Jasper and Silsbee.

“I am very excited to be back home to serve the community that had such an impact on me growing up,” Hatton said. “It’s a blessing to have the opportunity to give back to such a great place,” he added.

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070722 dixie vogue makes vogueDixie Jarrott, the namesake proprietress of Dixie’s Vintage Vogue in Woodville, celebrates with family, friends and staff on Saturday morning, as the Tyler County Chamber of Commerce ushered in the new antiques emporium with a ribbon cutting event. The store is located where Jarrott and husband George owned and operated Jarrott’s Pharmacy for many years. Photo by Jim Powers

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Rotary begins new year

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063022 rotary begins new yearA new slate of directors is installed to begin serving the new Rotary year for the Woodville Rotary Club. Pictured left-to-right are: Roschelle Springfield; Chris Edwards; Joyce Wilson; Sarah Stephens; Jo Thomas; Lisa Meysembourg; Lee Mann and John Wilson. Photo courtesy of Ruth Talley

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WOODVILLE – The Woodville Rotary Club rang in its new year last Tuesday evening with an installation banquet in the St. Paul’s fellowship hall.

Rotarian Fred Sullivan welcomed everyone present and served as emcee for the event. Sullivan installed John Wilson as the new president for the club. Wilson succeeds Paula Jones as the club’s president.

Wilson is joined on the Woodville Rotary board of directors by Lee Mann, who is vice president; Lisa Meysembourg, secretary; Jo Thomas, treasurer; Sarah Stephens, service projects chair; Joyce Wilson, membership chair; Roschelle Springfield, New Generations chair; Chris Edwards, public image chair and Sullivan will serve as Rotary Foundation chair.

Sullivan gave a recap of much of the Woodville club’s history, including a time when it hosted the annual conference for District 5910.

During the conference, Sullivan said, many Woodville residents opened their homes to Rotarians who were in town for the event.

Also of note, the club has produced two District Governors who have led the Rotary District, which encompasses 36 clubs – J. Wood Fain (in 1955) and outgoing DG, Dr. Jerry Springfield, who is also a past president of the Woodville club. Another Woodville Rotarian,Gilbert Wright, was appointed DG, but died before assuming duties, Sullivan said.

Dr. Springfield spoke, as well, and recounted much of his year as the district’s leader. He said he was especially moved by the response a Ukrainian flag bearer received at the recent Rotary International conference in Houston – a standing ovation.

During Wilson’s speech, he gave some of his personal history with Rotary, and said that it is truly the members who run the club, and that Rotary is all about its motto, “service above self.”

The Woodville Rotary Club meets at noon each Wednesday at the Pickett House. The first meeting for the new year for the club will be on Wednesday, July 13, where Wilson will outline his goals as president.

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Davis appointed CISD interim supt.

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By Mollie LaSalle

COLMESNEIL – Colmesneil ISD held a special called meeting Monday evening for the purpose of selecting an interim superintendent.
Eldon Franco tendered his resignation via email to board president Kris Lindsey June 23. Franco was hired as superintendent in June of 2020.

He resigned to “pursue his retirement”. His resignation was effective immediately.

Board members met to hire a replacement, and the lone candidate presented himself to the board at Monday’s meeting.

Dr. Scott Davis introduced himself and laid out his plans for the future of the district, should the board decide to hire him. Davis began his 28-year career in education as an English teacher in Lockhart. He moved on to become the principal then superintendent at Lamesa and also was the superintendent at Rusk for several years. In 2018, he was hired as superintendent at Crosby ISD, and was immediately put to the test that October as Crosby ISD found itself in a state of financial exigency. Budgetary layoffs loomed, as 130 staff and workers were laid off due the previous administrations mismanagement and overspending on construction projects and surplus staff. This move cut $5.2 million in payroll expenses at the time.

The FY 2020 audit for Crosby ISD showed that the district had met TEA’s minimum recommendation for fund balance totals. The audit also found the district with two years of positive and improving funds. Davis’s move to slash spending, layoff staff and workers, and implement a solvency plan had come to fruition.

Davis retired from his position at Crosby in 2021 and moved with his wife Kristie to Livingston. He currently works as a consultant for various school districts. Presently, he is the lead consultant at La Pryor ISD, which is 20 miles form Uvalde. He has been helping with recovery efforts following last month’s mass shooting in Uvalde.

Davis added that his top priority is to take care of CISD. “I am not going to embarrass this board. I want to give kids hope and control. I want to take Colmesneil into the future. We have got to move the ball forward. I believe in honor, integrity, and doing what you say you are going to do.” Incoming high school principal Stephanie Smith added “we need a leader who will move us forward, we are ready to jump off and do great things.”

Retiring high school principal Walter McAlpin also echoed that statement: “We need a healer, someone to heal the mistrust, someone with integrity to heal all the things that have gone wrong; whatever it takes to take us to the next level.”

Following Davis’s speech, the board went into executive session, and ultimately voted to hire him as Colmesneil ISD interim superintendent, effective July 1.

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