Pampa ISD gets 4 out of 6 new principals

The new school year for many kicks off on Monday. For Pampa Independent School District, they're starting their year off with four out of six new principals.

Pampa High School will have the most with two new assistant principals and a new man leading the school. Wilson Elementary will also have a new person taking the reins. Pronews 7 is introducing you to them in this week's Region 16 Spotlight on Education.

Starting on Monday, August 26th, the school bells will be ringing and these empty halls will once again be full of students. For new principal Troy Bethley that's what he said he's looking forward to the most.

"The biggest think I'm looking forward to is seeing the shiny faces of my students who walk through the door of Wilson Elementary School ready to learn and I'm ready to see the teachers in the classrooms teaching," said Wilson Elementary Principal, Troy Bethley.

Bethley will be at Wilson Elementary. He comes from Desoto School District near Dallas, and said he's already fallen in love with Pampa.

"One thing about Pampa, Pampa is a small town with big goals and big ideas," said Bethley.

He said his biggest goal this school year is making sure Wilson Elementary maintains their TEA rating, which is at the highest. Gene Suttle comes from Gainesville. He was interim assistant principal in February at the high school, and took over as the principal this summer. He said he spent the summer hiring folks.

"The first thing of course is getting quality teaching staff so all summer we've been recruiting and hiring some outstanding people and then of course have them in place and have everything prepared when the students show up on the 26th," said Pampa High School Principal, Gene Suttle.

With all these new faces, school officials say it's a good idea to break away and get to know one another.

"We had an administrative retreat last week where all the administrators were able to get away from the distractions of the campus in order to share ideas and thoughts and also to make sure we're on the same page," said Suttle.

Suttle says he's looking forward to Fall sports starting up and seeing the students get involved with the school, not just academically, but athletically as well.