New Craig school principal selected

Published 9:10 pm Monday, June 30, 2014

Bruce K. Craig Elementary will have a new leader starting this fall.

The Dallas County School Board voted Monday, during its regularly scheduled, monthly meeting, to name Shanetta Holman as the new Craig Elementary School principal.

The vote was unanimous with one board member absent.

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Holman most recently served as the assistant principal at Southside High during the 2013-2014 school year.

She attended the regular June board meeting to introduce herself to those who attended.

“She knows many of the parents and students at B.K. Craig,” Dallas County Superintendent of Education Don Willingham said. “That part of the county is her love, and I think that’s going to show when she’s the principal.”

Holman has been an educator in the Dallas County School system since 1994.

Before becoming the assistant principal at Southside, Holman previously served as Craig’s classroom teacher, reading interventionist teacher and instructional and reading coach.

She was also previously a classroom teacher at Tipton Middle School.

Holman’s experience in the Dallas County system actually dates back farther than her professional career, as she is a graduate of Keith High School. After graduating from Keith High, Holman went on to complete her bachelor’s degree elementary education and master in educational leadership at Auburn University at Montgomery.

Holeman replaces Frederick Hardy, who was recently transferred to the Keith High School principal position.

Multiple Dallas County School board members congratulated Holman during the meeting.

“We appreciate your willingness to accept that position,” school board president Mark Story said to Holman. “If there is anything we can do to assist you, let us know.”

Holman said her goal is to be a support system at the elementary level to help prepare students for their middle and high school experience.

“This gives me an opportunity after working at Southside High School to kind of connect all those pieces,” Holman said. “Because if that foundation is solid at the elementary level, the middle school builds on to that and then the high school builds on to that. That way when they leave high school, they are college and career ready.”