GLEN ROSE – Throughout the years, Glen Rose ISD administration has proven the loyalty its has for the GRISD staff by promoting or replacing from within. So, with the retirements of Tommy Gibson, GRISD Assistant Superintendent of Operations, and GRISD Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Curriculum Dr. Ellen Blair, two of G. Wayne Rotan’s key administrative support positions had to be filled.

As of June 1, those positions can be considered filled.

“As I look at who the people were that I have a great deal of confidence in, I feel like our high school principal, Tommy Corcoran is very familiar with the operations of the district,” said Rotan of his decision to promote Corcoran into the void being left by Gibson’s departure. “He knows the bus routes, he knows our facilities and he knows the people and the personnel.

“He’s been here 15 years I believe and has done a great job in his role and I feel very confident with him moving in and that he’ll continue to make changes and move that department forward.”

Corcoran said the new opportunity is one that he is ready to meet head on.

“I'm ready for this new opportunity and new challenge," said Corcoran in a phone interview Friday afternoon. "Any time you can take on a new challenge after you’ve been doing something for so long it’s going to be refreshing.”

Rotan was also pleased to announce that Glen Rose Junior High Principal Susie Wright would be the one tasked with transitioning into the position of assistant superintendent of instruction and curriculum formerly held by Blair.

“Dr. Ellen Blair did a great job overseeing curriculum and instruction and I appreciate her service,” Rotan said. “I know that Susie Wright, our junior high principal is someone that is very geared towards curriculum and instruction, it is her passion.

“She’s done some great things at the junior high. A lot of things that I hope can replicate across the district. I’m looking forward to her getting in this new position.”

Corcoran echoed the superintendent's praises of Wright - whom he had the privilege of working alongside previously.

“She is very deserving," Corcoran added. "Mrs. Wright has always been outstanding at curriculum and I think she will fit in perfectly in the position. She’s an outstanding educator and I worked with her when she was vice principal at the high school. She has a great work ethic and is a very intelligent person.”

Rotan, who just wrapped up his 23rd semester at GRISD after being named superintendent in Jan. 2006, said is eternally grateful for all of the work Gibson and Blair have done for the district and its students.

“Tommy Gibson and Ellen Blair certainly did an outstanding job in their roles,” Rotan added. “We’ll certainly miss this their service.”

The search is already underway for a new high school and junior high school principal, according to postings on the GRISD website. According to Rotan, applications for the positions opened Tuesday, May 31 and interviews will begin in the middle of June.

Additional reporting by Travis M. Smith

*This story was updated Friday, June 3 at 2:11 p.m. with quotes from Corcoran and will be updated with reaction from Wright in next week's Reporter and online as soon as she becomes available.


Kelsey Poynor, @KPoynor_GRR

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