LISD zone leaders become assistant chiefs

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Leadership endeavors at Lewisville ISD have shifted from a vertical alignment of campuses to a more horizontal alignment, Chief Communications Officer Amanda Brim said.

The LISD Board of Trustees approved the adjustment from zone leaders to assistant chiefs after discussing in closed session during the June 12 regular meeting.

“Each campus has its own unique personality, culture and climate, but at the end of the day, they all come together to form this great district,” said Angie Cox, LISD Board of Trustees president. “This structure will provide better opportunities for our principals to collaborate with each other, share good ideas, and receive very targeted service and support from district leaders.”

While the primary job responsibilities will remain the same, the change is from a geographical focus to a grade-specific one. Assistant chief Andy Plunkett will serve high schools. Leigh Ann Lewis will oversee middle schools. Rhonda Godbey and Lori Litchfield will split managing the numerous elementary schools.

“The primary responsibilities of the assistant chiefs are to serve, support and develop campus administrators. This is a title change for them, and shift in the schools they serve,” Brim said

Brim said on behalf of the assistant chiefs that there will still be some vertical alignment, allowing campus leaders within the five feeder patterns the opportunity to collaborate, and the assistant chiefs will have better flexibility to meet the needs of the campuses.

“We have always made efforts to support our campus leaders and share best practices among all our campuses, and this structure will allow for deeper collaboration and support among administrators with like responsibilities,” she wrote in response to questions sent to Plunkett.

Zone leaders initially covered the east, central and west zones. The former distribution of responsibilities had been in place since 2011, Brim said.

Godbey was the west zone leader, handling Flower Mound and Marcus high schools, their feeder schools and the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program. Lewis, the former east zone leader, led Hebron and The Colony high schools, their feeder schools and the two career centers. Plunkett managed the central zone, which included Lewisville high school and its feeder pattern.