2 C PAGE B ACK -T O -S CHOOL S ECTION 2020 T HURSDAY , A UGUST 6, 2020 New principal, band director join AISD faculty By Sidney Bartee A new principal, Glen Hill, was hired by the Albany ISD board of trustees in June to lead the secondary campus. Hill is an Aspermont native and graduate and received his bachelor of behavioral science degree at Hardin-Simmons University. He then went on to complete a master of education degree and obtained his super- intendent’s certification at West Texas A&M University. The new principal has had a total of 10 years in the field of education, five years teaching and five years in adminis- trative work. Hill start- ed in Crosby- ton as a teach- er and coach f o r t h r e e y e a r s a n d then moved to Frenship ISD to teach ad- vanced social studies for two years.At Frenship, Hill became the assistant principal for one year. He then served as second- ary principal at Crosbyton for two years and most recently as principal at Knox City. Hill is married to Kelsea, a speech pathologist who is a na- tive of Jayton. They have a son Whitten, 3. The family moved to Albany to be in a larger com- munity, but they didn’t want to move too far away from their families. “I’ve been surrounded by nice and helpful people since we got here,” Hill said. “If I have any trouble, the people around me have always been willing to help.” The principal has a new theme for the year that he will introduce to the secondary staff during staff development days and to the students on the first day of school. New Band Director W i l l i a m Vaughan was recently hired as Albany’s new elemen- tary and high school band director, and he dove right into work, organizing the band hall and evaluating the equip- ment. Vaughan received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Texas A&M-Commerce and is currently working for a Master of Science in Orga- nizational Development from Abilene Christian University. Vaughan previously taught at Mansfield ISD for a total of eight years, with two of those as assistant band director and six as head director. He has taught at Kaufman ISD since 2018. The director was hired by the AISD school board during July and has been working at the school getting ready for summer band rehearsals and the start of the fall semester. “I want the students to ap- preciate the space,” Vaughan said, “because if the space isn’t clean, students don’t feel ap- preciated.” Vaughan and his wife Danna, who is also a musician and plays trombone, have two children, Xander, 5 and Jack, 1. D ONNIE L UCAS / A LBANY N EWS New secondary principal Glen Hill (seated), who began his first year as an Albany ISD administrator earlier in the summer, goes over the bell schedule with secretary Ann Riley. D ONNIE L UCAS / A LBANY N EWS Senior Sidney Bartee (l), who will again serve as drum major for the AHS band, goes through some music with band director Will Vaughan (r) on Monday morning in preparation for the first summer re- hearsal. Band members will practice inside until Sept. 7, with no halftime shows for the first two games. GLEN HILL WILL VAUGHAN