Pflugerville ISD announces four new principals for 2017-18

Camille Ramirez-Longoria Camille Ramirez-Longoria[/caption]

The Pflugerville ISD board of trustees filled four principal vacancies for the 2017-18 school year.

Camille Ramirez-Longoria, the current principal at Wieland Elementary School, will move to fill an upcoming opening as principal at Spring Hill Elementary School. Taking Ramirez-Longoria’s position at Wieland will be current Assistant Principal Jared Stevenson. PfISD’s two primary schools, Windermere and Delco, will also have new principals in 2017-18. Angela Hodges, Windermere’s current assistant principal, has been named that school’s new principal. Lizbeth Ruiz, current assistant principal at Highland Park Elementary School, will move to Delco as its new principal.

Jared Stevenson Jared Stevenson[/caption]

“We are excited to bring experienced educators and administrators into these important positions of leadership for PfISD,” interim Superintendent Gary Patterson said. “Given their diverse background and skills, we know that our students and staff will benefit from their direction and vision.”

Ramirez-Longoria has been the principal at Wieland since 2014. Before that, she was the assistant principal at Delco and Caldwell Elementary School from 2010-14. From 1993-2010, she held several teaching and administrative positions with Austin ISD. She earned a bachelor’s degree in applied learning and development from The University of Texas and a master’s degree in educational administration from Tarleton State University.

Angela Hodges Angela Hodges[/caption]

Stevenson has served as the assistant principal at Wieland since 2013. Prior to that, he held a teaching position in PfISD at Copperfield Elementary School from 2004-09, and he was an assistant principal and instructional administrator in Del Valle ISD from 2009-13. Stevenson has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Millersville University and a master’s degree in education administration from Concordia University Texas in Austin.

Hodges has held numerous teaching and administrative positions in PfISD since 2007, including roles as a teacher, administrative intern, instructional coach and assistant principal as well as a summer school principal in 2016. She has been Windermere’s assistant principal since 2015. Hodges received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Lizbeth Ruiz_ Lizbeth Ruiz[/caption]

Prior to joining Highland Park in 2015 as assistant principal, Ruiz had been a teacher, instructional coach, bilingual interventionist, administrative intern, and summer school principal at several PfISD elementary and primary schools since 2010. Prior to that, she was a bilingual teacher for six years in McAllen ISD. Ruiz received a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Texas Pan American and a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Tyler.

 
By Joe Warner
Joe Warner is managing editor of the nine Austin-Central Texas editions of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.


MOST RECENT

Overall in Travis County there has been a total of 10,695 cases since mid-March.. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Travis County adds 571 COVID-19 cases; new restriction put in place ahead of holiday weekend

Overall in Travis County there has been a total of 10,695 cases since mid-March.

The First Street Foundation's dataset includes a forecast models that anticipate the effects of climate change and sea level rise. (Screenshot via First Street Foundation)
Analysis: FEMA may be undercounting national total flood risk by as much as 70%

The new dataset includes an interactive Flood Factor dashboard that anyone can use to assess the risk of flooding over a 30-year period for any address.

A photo of a person wearing a medical mask
Travis County Judge supports state masking order, says county will enforce

After Gov. Greg Abbot's statewise mandate to wear masks that cover mouth and nose, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe voiced his support.

Williamson County has now recorded 2,388 total COVID-19 cases, including 1,342 that are currently active. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Williamson County reports 49 additional confirmed coronavirus cases July 2

Currently, 107 patients are hospitalized and 32 are in intensive care, per the report.

Gov. Greg Abbott
Gov. Greg Abbott: Texans must wear masks in public starting July 3

"COVID-19 is not going away," Gov. Abbott said. "In fact, it is getting worse."

When interest rates are low, homeowners may look to save money by refinancing, which means getting a new mortgage with a better term or interest rate to lower payments. (Source: Matt Frankel/Community Impact Newspaper)
'Refinancing isn't free:' How to navigate refinancing a mortgage

When interest rates are low, homeowners may look to save money by refinancing, which means getting a new mortgage with a better term or interest rate to lower payments.

Episcopal Health Foundation
Survey: Texans support emphasis on improving economy, safety, pollution to address overall health

“COVID-19 is clearly showing what Texans already know: the state needs to address underlying, non-medical conditions that have a dramatic impact on their health,” Episcopal Health Foundation President and CEO Elena Marks said.

In the course of a month, the number of patients admitted to the hospital due to COVID-19 has increased more than fivefold, according to Austin Public Health data. (Design by Shelby Savage/Community Impact Newspaper)
Deluge of new COVID-19 cases forces Austin-area health officials to limit testing, shift tracing strategy

Fighting antiquated fax machines and a sharp rise in the demand for testing, officials said contact tracers are not able to get in touch with residents quickly enough to prevent the spread of the virus.

CommunityCare Health Centers drive-up coronavirus testing site
CommUnityCare will no longer test asymptomatic people for COVID-19 as testing demand swells

CommUnityCare Health Centers is now only testing individuals who show symptoms, those who have a known exposure to the coronavirus or those with other existing health conditions.

The H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks will not take place this year due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. (Courtesy Ricardo Brazziel)
Read the latest on 4th of July celebrations in Central Texas

Area cities have canceled or modified their Independence Day events.

In communities across the nation, Walmart Supercenter parking lots will be transformed into contact-free, drive-in movie theaters beginning in August. (Courtesy Walmart)
Walmart to bring drive-in movies to 160 stores nationwide in August, launch virtual summer camp

Families can also enjoy a virtual summer camp experience Walmart is launching July 8 with sessions led by celebrities, including Drew Barrymore, Neil Patrick Harris and LeBron James.

The original St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church was built in 1910 by the Historic Colored Addition's original settlers. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville, Friends of the Pflugerville Public Library, Pflugerville Public Library)
Preserving history: A look at Pflugerville's Historic Colored Addition

Known as the Historic Colored Addition, the land stands a reminder of the city's history, a period of time when Black residents were barred from living within the city limits.