Austin ISD board appoints three new district administrators at Monday’s meeting

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At its meeting Feb. 26, Austin ISD board of trustees approved the appointment of two new principals and a new director of construction management and facilities with its consent agenda.

Eastside Memorial Early College High School

Miguel Garcia III, who has served as Eastside Memorial Early College High School’s interim principal since September 2017, was appointed as the school’s permanent principal by the board of trustees.

Garcia has a bachelor’s degree in English from Texas State University-San Marcos and a master’s degree in educational administration from Concordia University Texas, according to a district news release from Feb. 26.

Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

The district appointed academic dean and assistant principal Kristina Waugh as the new principal at Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. Waugh had served as the academic dean at the school for 10 years, according to the school’s website.

Waugh has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from South Dakota State University and a master’s degree in counseling from Central Texas College, the news release states.

Director of construction management and facilities hired

The board also appointed Bob Cervi, former chief operating officer for Round Rock ISD, as the district’s new director of construction management and facilities.

Cervi will oversee the planning, design and construction of the district’s schools and educational support facilities, according to a news release by the district from Feb. 28. This includes projects associated with the district’s $1 billion bond program, which was approved by voters last November.

Cervi resigned as Round Rock ISD’s chief operating officer on Dec. 20, where he oversaw projects associated with that district’s 2014 bond program. Cervi had held the position since September 2015.

He has also served as Eanes ISD’s executive director of facility operations, the director of maintenance and project manager for Oklahoma City Public Schools and as the director of central services for Norman Public Schools in Oklahoma.

“With solid experience managing facilities and bond projects in Texas and Oklahoma, he understands the critical role facilities play in serving our schools and students,” Chief Financial Officer Nicole Conley Johnson said in the release. “His experience and skills in team-building will be valuable to ensuring that there is alignment across departmental work and the service we provide to our school communities.”

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Nick was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and a minor in music. Nick was a journalist for three years at the St. James Plaindealer in Minnesota before moving to Austin to join Community Impact Newspaper in 2016.
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