Trustees approve Allen High School’s Jared Miller for CHS principal position, Holly Kirby for Wilson Elementary

June 1, 2020

Crandall High School and Wilson Elementary School are in the hands of two new leaders as Trustees unanimously approved the hires during Monday night’s board meeting in the CISD Administration Building.

Allen High School’s Jared Miller was named principal of Crandall HS. Miller currently serves Allen HS as associate principal of operations and student services. During his 13 years at the school, he has also maintained roles as dean of students and house principal. Allen HS is the largest campus in Texas with a student enrollment of 5,163.

Miller began his tenure in Allen as a high school math teacher and coach. He served in those same roles at Abilene Cooper High School, Jacksonville High School and Wichita Falls High School. Miller earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Education from Texas Tech University and his Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Midwestern State. He also minored in math.

“My family and I are excited about coming to Crandall ISD,” Miller said. “What excites me most is the way our community loves and supports our schools and district. There is definitely something good to be said  about a one-high school town. I look forward to getting to know everyone here, meet our students and their families, our staff and our community.”

On the elementary level, Holly Kirby was named principal of Wilson Elementary. Kirby is currently Wilson’s assistant principal, where she has maintained that role since 2015. She has 13 years in the educational, seven as an assistant principal.

Kirby came to CISD from Mesquite where she served as an elementary assistant principal and taught both kindergarten and fifth grade. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Abilene Christian University and her Master of Education from Texas A&M-Commerce.

“Thank you for this opportunity to continue to serve the students, staff and parents at Wilson Elementary,” Kirby said to Trustees. “I had the privilege to be educated throughout school in this community and it is my honor to serve for many years to come. I hope to shape many generations of Pirates to become successful citizens and leaders.

“My blood runs very deep black and gold and I look forward to what our future holds as we continue growing and striving for excellence as a campus.”

Trustees also recognized the recent internal promotions approved within the last month:

  • DeAnn Baker was approved as principal at Dietz Elementary. She had served as interim principal at the campus since March. Baker previously served as the district’s Director of Intervention Services. She has 23 years’ experience in education with her last five focused on helping CISD campuses and their students with special needs.
  • Kimberly Bramhall was approved as CISD’s Director of Community Relations. Bramhall has served in many capacities during her six years in the district, most recently as Executive Director of the CISD Education Foundation and Executive Assistant in the superintendent’s office. She will now maintain a singular focus on the CISD community while also continuing oversight of the Education Foundation.
  • Kandice Burke was approved as CISD Director of Special Education. Burke assumed the role’s responsibilities in February, stepping in after DeAnn Baker transitioned to Dietz Elementary. Burke has been with the district since 2016 when she was hired as 504 coordinator. Overall, she has almost 15 years’ experience working in special education, specifically as an ARD chair, a visual impairment teacher, and a content mastery teacher across five grade levels.
  • Ginger Sikes, former principal at Wilson Elementary, was approved as CISD’s Director of Purchasing. Sikes’ wide-ranging educational experiences throughout her 29 years allow her to know first-hand how purchasing processes can be simplified and streamlined. Her assistance and leadership will be a wonderful addition to our Business Office.