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Lubbock ISD Board Approves New Campus Name, Administrator Positions

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Contact: Erin Gregg, 806-219-0010 / 806-928-5824

Lubbock ISD board approves new campus name, administrator positions

At this morning’s board meeting, the Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the new name of the reimagined Smylie Wilson Middle School campus for the 2020-2021 school year and two new Lubbock ISD administrator assignments.

As approved at a special called meeting last month, Smylie Wilson Middle School will reopen next year as a new magnet campus focused on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math under the name Commander William C. McCool Academy. McCool was a 1979 graduate of Coronado High School who went on to serve as an American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, and NASA astronaut. He was the pilot of Space Shuttle Columbia mission STS-107 and the youngest male member of the crew. Commander McCool and the rest of his crew were killed when Columbia disintegrated upon re-entry of the atmosphere in February 2003. 

The video played at the meeting about Commander McCool can be viewed here. 

William McCool Board Presentation Video from Lubbock ISD on Vimeo.

Carolyn Wadley will serve as the principal of McCool Academy. She is currently an assistant principal at Smylie Wilson Middle School, where she has been assigned since the beginning of the school year. She was an assistant principal at O.L. Slaton Middle School for three years and has previously served as an instructional coach, athletics coach, and teacher during her ten years in public education. Wadley received her bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies from Texas Tech University and her master of education degree in educational leadership from Lubbock Christian University.

The board also named Shay Jennings as the Executive Director of Budget and Finance. Jennings began her career in Lubbock ISD in 1997 as the accounts payable supervisor until she became the grants accountant in 2000. She has served as the budget supervisor since 2007. Jennings previously worked at Norwest Bank as a staff accountant and received her bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from Texas Tech University. She is also a member of the Texas Association of School Business Officials.  

Among other board action this morning that included expenditures for 2018 bond projects, the approval of funds for Sodexo School Services will increase the hourly base pay for custodial staff from $8.40 to $10.00.

Carolyn Wadley Shay Jennings