McKINNEY (April 30, 2015) — With Principal Paige Hanks planning to retire at year’s end, Press Elementary will have a new leader at the helm in 2015-2016. Longtime Caldwell Principal Chris Clark has been chosen as the new principal of McKinney ISD’s northernmost elementary school.

“We are excited about the opportunity that Chris Clark brings to the table as the new leader of Press Elementary,” said McKinney ISD Superintendent Dr. Rick McDaniel. “Chris has demonstrated tremendous leadership skill while at Caldwell, and many of the programs that he has implemented during his tenure are also in place at Press.”

Under Clark’s leadership, Caldwell started a successful two-way dual language immersion program, and they were the first McKinney ISD campus to fully implement the No Excuses University model that promotes college readiness for all students. Clark’s commitment to a robust, college-bound culture translates perfectly at Press which became a No Excuses University Network School in 2013.

Joe Miniscalco, McKinney ISD Assistant Superintendent for Learner Support said that Clark’s strength at building strong instructional teams, integrating classroom technology and utilizing social media to communicate with parents will mesh well with the needs at his new campus.

“When you lose a dynamic leader, like Paige Hanks, it sometimes creates a vacuum, but in Chris you have another dynamic leader coming in,” said Miniscalco. “He’s going to be able to fill those missing components that are going to be vacated by Paige.”

“Chris Clark is a strong leader who will serve Press Elementary for what we hope is a long time,” said McDaniel, “and that campus will continue moving forward to improve in all aspects of school culture, academics and student behavior.”

McDaniel added that he has no doubt that they will find the right leader to succeed Clark at Caldwell. “We feel confident that there are a number of applicants both internally and externally that can fill that position and continue moving Caldwell forward on the path of continued success.”

Clark came to McKinney ISD in 2008 from Tulsa Public Schools when he was hired as principal of Caldwell Elementary. Clark’s career as an educator began 14 years prior in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he served as an elementary classroom teacher and site technology coordinator from 1994 to 2001.

In 2001, Clark became an assistant principal at Nimitz Middle School in Tulsa. He served in that capacity for three years before earning the principal job at Hoover Elementary, where he served until 2008.

“The Caldwell community will always be very special to me because of the work with the teachers, students, parents and community members,” said Clark. “I'm going to miss the relationships established at Caldwell, but I'm excited about working at Press, too.

“Press is in an area of McKinney that will be experiencing a lot of growth in the near future,” said Clark. “I look forward to being a part of that and leading the Press community as we build upon current successes to build a culture of excellence.”

Clark earned his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma and his Master of Science in Curriculum Supervision from Oklahoma State University.

For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Coordinator, at 469-302-4007 or smauldin@mckinneyisd.net.

 

About McKinney ISD

One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,750 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, four alternative schools and one early childhood education school. The mission of McKinney ISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout the diverse McKinney community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with the community. Visit the district's website at mckinneyisd.net.