The Austin Chronicle

School's Out for Johnston High Principal

By Kimberly Reeves, May 23, 2008, 10:46am, Newsdesk

Principal Celina Estrada-Thomas announced Tuesday she would resign from Johnston High School at the end of this school year, adding just one more twist in the story of a high school that could be on its way to closure due to poor academic performance under the state’s accountability system.

In announcing Estrada-Thomas’ departure, district officials were quick to note her resignation should not be construed as a signal the school is closing. Estrada-Thomas’ resignation letter, however, did not exactly brim with enthusiasm, starting with the line, “I gave Johnston a three-year commitment, and that commitment has been fulfilled.” Estrada-Thomas went on to write that she was stepping aside to allow someone else to take the school forward in a new direction.

Right now, district officials are pleading with the Texas Education Agency to allow them to continue to operate Johnston, even if it fails to meet academically acceptable ratings, because they intend to reconfigure the campus, possibly as a new high-tech high school.

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