Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

March 5, 2013

Nolen takes over as Collins principal

Montes named acting principal at Sam Houston

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The Corsicana Independent School District has made a change to the

leadership of Collins Middle School, naming Darla Nolen the new principal.

The move was made last week, according to Susan Johnson, CISD

spokesperson. Johnson said letters were sent home to parents last week

announcing the change.

Nolen has been principal at Sam Houston Elementary for the past two

years. Kristine Montes, who was the Assistant Principal at Sam Houston

Elementary, was named Acting Principal at Houston to replace Nolen.

“I have confidence in Mrs. Nolen’s proven abilities to lead Collins

Middle School to a bright, successful future” said Dr. Diane Frost,

superintendent of CISD, in a written statement supplied to the Daily

Sun. “Collins Middle School students and staff deserve a leader who will

continue to build momentum on all the good things happening. In

addition, as we are in the process of a bond election, if the bond

passes in May 2013, Mrs. Nolen and her team will play a vital role in

the design and function of the proposed, new 7-8 Middle School.”

Frost sent a letter to parents and students of the school on Feb. 25 informing them of the new campus leadership.

“Change is not always easy,” Frost wrote. “Having the right leadership

to take us through change can make a significant impact on our success...”

Former principal Jose Antunez, who joined the district August of 2012, has moved to an administrative position in the district’s Human Resources department, Johnson said.

Parents and guardians of Collins students are invited to meet with Nolen

in the Collins Middle School library Thursday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., or

from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.


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