Pershing To Hold Welcome Reception For New Principal

July 14, 2008

A welcome reception for Pershing Middle School’s new principal Robin Lowe will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 29 at the school. Parents, PTO members and teachers are invited to attend. Pershing representatives ask that students not attend.

Lowe is replacing former principal Bryce Amos, who resigned to take a job out of state.

Lowe was the former principal at Friendswood Middle School involved in a controversy when she invited the Council on American-Islamic Relations to give a presentation at the school that all students were required to attend.

After a backlash from some in the community, Lowe asked to be reassigned from her position. According to Houston Independent School District representatives, Lowe applied for the Pershing principal position online, along with applicants from around the United States.

Before the hiring process began, West Region Executive Principal Ann Sledge met with Pershing faculty and parents to develop a profile. HISD representatives said the result of those meetings indicated that it was important for the new principal to be experienced, with a strong academic background and familiarity with middle school students.

A committee was then formed with the executive principal, four parents, one YMCA representative, five teachers and an administrator, one elementary principal and a middle school principal. This group interviews the applicants from around the country.

At the time of Lowe’s resignation, Friendswood Middle School had an Exemplary rating from the state. Lowe is the president of the Houston Area Middle School Association and the co-chair of their conference.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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