Changes coming in Abilene ISD administration

Abilene Independent School District will have some faces in different places next school year.

Beginning next school year, the district will have a new executive director of elementary education (current Executive Director of Federal Programs Jeff Brokovich), a new executive director of federal programs (current Director of Early Childhood Cheryl Cunningham), and a new director of early childhood (current Assistant Director of Early Childhood Jenny Putnam).

Current Executive Director of Elementary Education Karen Stover is set to retire at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

AISD Superintendent Heath Burns announced the changes in a news release Wednesday.

Here's the entire Abilene ISD news release:

The retirement of a longtime Abilene ISD educator and three other administrative changes that will go into effect next school year have been announced by Abilene ISD Superintendent Dr. Heath Burns.

*- Karen Stover, executive director of elementary education, will retire at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

*- Jeff Brokovich, executive director of federal programs, will succeed Stover as executive director of elementary education.

*- Cheryl Cunningham, director of early childhood, will be become the new executive director of federal programs. She also will retain oversight duties of the early childhood program.

*- Assistant Director of Early Childhood Jenny Putnam will be promoted to director of early childhood.

The administrators' new duties will officially begin for the 2013-14 school year.

"It is important that changes such as these be announced as early as possible. Early communication increases the chances of smooth transitions and decreases the likelihood of unnecessary scrambling," Burns said. "Our administrators will have much time to collaborate and to assure efficiency and effectiveness in the changes."

Stover has worked in Abilene ISD since 1976. She taught English at both Franklin Middle School and Abilene High School and served as assistant principal at both Bowie and Austin elementary schools. Before moving into her current position as Executive Director of Elementary Education in 2004, Stover was the principal of Austin Elementary School for 14 years.

"Karen Stover defines professionalism and constancy, and every day she provides great effort and expertise," Burns said. "Her loss to the district will not be easily suffered. She is a great team member, a great educator and a great friend."

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