NZISD announced the hiring of new athletic director Matt Kirschner at their last board meeting as well as his wife Laura Kirschner to teach kindergarten.
“We're extremely lucky and excited to have them both,” said NZISD Superintendent Alan Andrus on the new hires. “We had over 60 applicants for the athletic director position and a lot of experienced candidates at various levels.”
Matt Kirschner joins North Zulch after he spent two years in Canton as the head basketball coach as well as an assistant football coach. He will take the same position of men’s basketball coach for the Bulldogs next season.
“I look forward to being fully invested in all sports, men’s and women’s, and playing no favorites,” said Kirschner. “I want to build a highly competitive atmosphere with academics at the top of the list. That’s the real reason these kids are here. Athletics can provide great opportunities in a learning atmosphere.”
On the basketball court, Kirschner plans to instill a fun and high-tempo style of play as he has done in the past.
The NZISD school board also recognized Nola Landry for her accomplishments in taxidermy. Landry took first place for her bobcat at Louisiana and Arkansas competitions and received the Beetle Shack Award and Best of Youth Division. She also earned first and second place in Mississippi and earned the Beetle Shack Award and Best of Youth Division with a raccoon.
The board’s students of the month for May were Madison Murphy for high school, Luke Brown for elementary and Gaby Tobias for junior high. The teacher of the month was Lori O’Neal from the high school and the staff member of the month was Kim Brown.
In other business, the board:
approved community eligibility provision program for 2018-19
approved service agreement with Interquest Detection Canines of Southeast Texas
approved superintendent evaluation process