Ahead of the 2023-24 school year, Spring ISD trustees introduced the district’s new police chief and 10 new campus principals at an Aug. 3 board meeting.

Long story short

Matthew Rodrigue will serve as SISD’s new police chief, a position previously held by Ken Culbreath. Rodrigue previously served as a sergeant in the SISD Police Department and has worked for SISD since 2021. Rodrigue has almost 20 years of leadership experience in law enforcement, according to June 21 SISD staff emails obtained by Community Impact.

“I don't know all of you; I don't know most of you. However, without doubt and without fail, I will put myself in the way of danger for every one of you,” Rodrigue said. “God forbid we ever get presented with such an instance that we have to respond in such a way, you have the team in place to protect you and to protect our kids, I promise you.”

The breakdown

Eight out of 10 newly appointed principals were promoted from internal positions, a spokesperson with SISD said. On Aug. 3, the district announced the new principals for the 2023-24 school year, which will begin Aug. 9:
  • Cesar Alvarez, Heritage Elementary School principal
  • Na’Carol Dixon Hall, Burchett Elementary School principal
  • Lakeisha Dunevant, Bammel Elementary School principal
  • Veonda Emholtz, Bailey Middle School principal
  • Marangelly Harris, Northgate Crossing Elementary School principal
  • Richard Hoard, International School at Salyers principal
  • Timothy Livingston, Reynolds Elementary School principal
  • Trenn Russell, School for International Studies at Bammel principal
  • Julie Smith, Beneke Elementary School principal
  • MaShanda Walker-Shack, Clark Elementary School principal
In other news

Terrell D. King was newly appointed as SISD's chief of human resources. He most recently held an administrative director position at North East ISD in San Antonio and has more than two decades of public education experience, according to SISD’s June 21 emails.

The previous HR chief—Julie Hill—resigned March 29.