At their regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening, the McKinney ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve current McKinney Boyd High School Principal Rick McDaniel as the new McKinney ISD Assistant Superintendent for Student Services.
The position became available this month when Deputy Superintendent Mary Clark left to pursue an opportunity in the private sector.
Jennifer Peirson, Associate Principal for McKinney Boyd High School, will serve as interim principal until a permanent replacement is named.
Over the course of 27 years in public education, McDaniel has served in several vital leadership roles and has left a positive impact at each stage of the journey. He began his career in Tyler ISD as a coach and physics teacher at Moore Middle School. The following year, McDaniel transferred to Robert E. Lee High School where he went on to become the science department chairperson and then an assistant principal in 1997. Four years later, he was hired as the principal of James Hogg Middle School, and then in 2003 he was chosen to lead as principal of Robert E. Lee High School.
When McDaniel joined McKinney ISD in 2006 to serve as principal of the newly constructed McKinney Boyd High School, he did so with an emphasis on promoting high academic standards and cultivating a strong school culture that would foster learning and a sense of safety for every student. Behind much of that school’s success, one finds the leadership of McDaniel.
“I’m excited to say that Rick McDaniel is going to be our Assistant Superintendent for Student Services for McKinney ISD,” said Superintendent Dr. J.D. Kennedy. “He’s proven himself to be a tremendous leader as high school principal at Boyd for the past eight years. He knows how to work with staff and the community to get things done in a positive way.”
As Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, McDaniel will be primarily responsible for supervising the District’s secondary principals and overseeing advanced academics as well as career and technical education.
“He will also be working with us on all aspects of student services in the district,” added Dr. Kennedy. “He has experience not only as a high school principal, but he’s also served as a middle school principal and has shown the ability to really do an effective job working with others.”
McDaniel earned his Bachelor of Science from Stephen F. Austin University, his Master of Education from the University of Texas at Tyler and is scheduled to complete his doctorate from the University of North Texas this year.
“I am honored to have been named Assistant Superintendent of Student Services for McKinney ISD,” said McDaniel. “I can honestly say that my level of anticipation and excitement as I enter into this new role for the district is as high as it was when I was first given the opportunity to open McKinney Boyd eight years ago. My commitment to this district will continue to be high as I work in this new capacity. I personally would like to thank the many teachers and staff members of McKinney Boyd that have helped to create such a special place. I am leaving Boyd in the very capable hands of its true creators…the faculty and staff. Again, I look forward to this new chapter in my professional career and look forward to serving McKinney ISD for what I hope is the remainder of my career.”
Story submitted by Shane Mauldin, MISD