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Yesterday, July 8th, the NL ISD School Board approved John McCullough, current superintendent of Sulphur Bluff ISD, as the lone finalist to become North Lamar’s new superintendent.
Mr. McCullough has been at Sulphur Bluff ISD for two years and would be replacing James Dawson, who served as NL Superintendent for 26 years. Currently, Assistant Superintendent Shelly McDowell is acting as interim superintendent.
Paul Jones, Paris ISD superintendent stated, “I have known John McCullough both personally and professionally for many years. He is both an experienced superintendent and a quality person. We were superintendents of neighboring school districts in Hopkins county and worked cooperatively sharing many services which benefited students of both school districts. We not only co-oped special services between our pervious districts–we were one of the few schools districts in the state of Texas that shared a business office. I look forward to his move to Lamar county.”
The North Lamar ISD School Board will have a vote to hire him in 21 days.
The First Team All-District and All-Red River Valley Player will report to her new team in Ada, Oklahoma, in the fall.
Seated with her is her mother, Gina Prestridge. Standing from left is NLHS Head Basketball Coach Chris Arledge and NL Superintendent James A. Dawson. Not pictured is her father, Chad Chancellor.
Sixty-six North Lamar graduates were awarded scholarships from the North Lamar Education Foundation (NLEF) totaling $46,250. Scholarship range from $500 to $2,000 and may be used at junior colleges, colleges, universities, and vocational and technical schools.
The 2014 recipients are: Kelsie Allen, Jackie Berry – James Graves Vocational Endowed Scholarship, Haley Blount – Payne Band Endowed Scholarship, Bailey Bolton – Matthew McFadden Memorial Scholarship, Balee Brown – Donna Campbell Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Cosette Brown, Kylie Burchinal, Lexie Chancellor, Brandon Clark,Jessica Clayton, Ryan Conner, Lauren Coursey, Jacob Cowling – David Buster Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Kathleen Dawson, Molly Denman, Skylar Dillen, Angelia Dobbs, Kaylie Dority, Benjamin Drake – FFA Endowed Scholarship, Sarah Duncan, Brandon Dusenberry – Dr. Tommy Eads Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Aaron Edwards, Jamie Ellis – Carolyn Drake Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Bailey Ellrich, Delaney England, Ty England, Sam Erickson – Valedictorian Scholarship and Class of 1989 Endowed Scholarship, Matthew Fernandez – Tyler Thompson Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Rachel Freeman, Jessica French,Daniel Gibbons, Shemar Hawkins – Judy Elizabeth Blease Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Hannah Igleheart – Carolyn Drake Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Madeline Jolley, Joshua Knowles – Jeremy Dickey Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Mitchell Lacey – Rhonda Morris Endowed Scholarship, Jose Leyva – Dr. Tommy Eads Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Amber Loftin, Joseph Logan – Chad Rose Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Bonnie McIlyar – Traveling Spirit Scholarship, Emily McIlyar, Miranda McNabb, Ashley Miller – Donna Campbell Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Yuliana Morales, Carley Moss, Jerica Newman, Ethan Nicholson, Cheslee Oliver – Class of 1975 Endowed Scholarship, Kassandra Perez, Michaela Phillips – Thomas McVay Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Kelsey Preston, Chase Ramsey, Carson Rast – Salutatorian Scholarship and Gil Flautt Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Taylor Reavis, Holland Russell, Kreagan Scott, Nhi Son, Erin Stone, Tori Sullivan, Dayton Thibodeaux, Gabrielle Torres, Blair Viehe, Victoria White – Charles Bush Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Rebekah Wiley, Brian Wintermute – Richard Peter Memorial Scholarship, and Kaitlyn Wood.
The North Lamar Education Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1998 to assist North Lamar students in furthering their education beyond high school. Tax-deductible contributions are made through donations, memorials and honorariums, fund-raisers, endowments, and planned giving. For further information or to make a contribution to NLEF, contact Nancy Beall at 3201 Lewis Lane, Paris, Texas, 75460 or by calling 903.737.2003 x 1501.
Last night the NL School Board narrowed the search for a new superintendent, to replacing retiring superintendent James Dawson, down to three candidates. Over the next three days, the board will meet with the final candidates and their spouses.
On June 23rd the board will choose one final candidate. The school board then has the option of a site visit to that person’s school district.
At last night’s meeting the board also adopted a budget for the 2014-15 school year and adopted a new lower tax rate of 1.075. This is the ninth straight year that NLISD has lowered their tax rate. They also approved a 25 cent increase to school lunches for all NL campuses.
The North Lamar Academic Team recently received the second place 3A UIL State Academic trophy for scoring 81 points at the state tournament. Seventy-four 3A Academic Teams from across Texas competed at the state meet on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin on May 20 and 21. Only Argyle scored more points than North Lamar.
“This is the highest ranking the North Lamar Academic Team has ever recorded, capping a very successful year that saw two state academic champions, four second place finishes, one third place finish, one fourth place finish, and one fifth place finish at state,” said UIL Coach Dennis Hodgkiss. “Considering the thousands of students who compete in the 23 UIL Academic events each year; this puts the North Lamar competitors in very select company.”
In addition, the year ended with North Lamar’s UIL Coach Kristi Hodgkiss being named as the National Speech and Debate Coach of the Year. She was earlier presented a plaque for her national recognition by UIL’s State Director Riggins.
North Lamar academic coaches for the 2013-2014 year include: Jan Bell, Computer Applications and Spelling; Teresa Bussell, Science; Cody Head, One Act Play; Dennis Hodgkiss, Social Studies and Current Events; Kristi Hodgkiss, Cross Examination Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Persuasive Speaking and Informative Speaking; Cheryl LaRue, Journalism and Ready Writing; Yvonne Parson, Accounting and Computer Science; Whitney Shackelford, Number Sense; Neil Stellpflug, Calculator and Math; Pam Tuttle, Prose and Poetry; and Linda Winfrey, Literary Criticism.
Encompassing all UIL district and state championships in academics, athletics, and fine arts, North Lamar ended the year placing eighth in the 3A Lone Star Cup standings. Categories included State and Area Marching Band, Team Tennis, Cross Country, Volleyball, Football, Swimming and Diving, Wrestling, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Track and Field, Academics, One Act Play, Softball, and Baseball.
n an email to all North Lamar staff, NLISD Superintendent James A. Dawson expressed his pleasure in the dedicated leadership and student performance, “What an accomplishment for our high school; finishing 8th of 183 AAA schools in Texas. Congratulations to the staff at the high school and all the other campuses who prepare our students for the level of excellence we have achieved.”