Three Anna ISD campuses have new principals as Superintendent Larry Johnson announced the appointments on May 17.

Debbie Dumas will head the new Early Childhood Center. Rhett Box steps in as principal of the DAEP/Credit Recovery Program and Gerald Springer moves up to Anna Middle School principal. All appointments are effective July 1.

Debbie Dumas, the principal of the new Early Childhood Center in the newly remodeled campus of the former middle school, will guide pre-K and kindergarten students. Dumas, a 13-year veteran in Anna ISD with a total of 24 years in education, held the positions of high school teacher, counselor and assistant principal as well as the district curriculum specialist. She is the former principal of the DAEP/Credit Recovery unit.

"Our early Childhood Center will be a school filled with the joy of learning and it will give students a firm foundation to prepare them for future educational success," said Dumas. "This center should relieve some of the overcrowding at the current elementary schools, while also focusing on early childhood needs.

"A big thanks goes to the Administration for their leadership. Kenneth Lindsey and his maintenance crew for all the remodeling, and all the others who will play a part in the success of this campus for our students, parents and community," added Dumas.

Box is now the new principal of the DAEP/Credit Recovery unit. During his career with Anna ISD Box has held the positions of high school teacher, coach, assistant principal and, most recently, athletic director. He has served 13 years in Anna and has a total of 17 years in education. Box will no longer hold the title of athletic director, meaning an announcement from the district should be forthcoming.

Gerald Springer moves up to principal of the middle school from his position as assistant principal. In his four years in Anna he has held the positions of middle school teacher and coach and has spent a total of 19 years in education.

"I am very excited to be in my new role as Anna Middle School principal," said Springer. "I would like to thank Superintendent Larry Johnson, Assistant Superintendent Thomas O’Neal and Anna ISD school board for this opportunity. We have a great staff already in place and the best students anyone could ask for.

"We will continue to work hard every day to accomplish our goals as a campus and a district," he continued. "We are sad to see our former principal Todd Southard go, but very happy for him and his new position. He has done great things for Anna Middle School, our students and our district."

In a related move, Todd Southard, who in 2007 was appointed Anna Middle School principal, is leaving the district to become Superintendent of Silverton ISD. Southard, with 16 years in education, began his career in Anna as high school assistant principal and has served eight years in Anna. He was named the lone finalist for the Silverton superintendent’s position on May 2, and will begin his new role as Superintendent on June 1.