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Lindale ISD hires 2 campus principals, new defensive coordinator

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Monday night the Lindale ISD board of trustees approved the hiring of two campus principals and a new assistant high school football coach.

Current Lindale High School assistant principal Casey Neal will assume the role of campus principal in June.  Neal will replace Donny Williams who announced his plans for retirement in February.  

Neal will serve as principal at the same high school from which he graduated in 1987. He received his teaching certifications from Stephen F. Austin State University where he also earned his master of education and mid-management certification.

Neal joined the Lindale ISD in 2005.  He previously worked as assistant principal of Tyler's Hubbard Middle School and interim principal of Dogan Middle School.  He has also worked as a teacher and coach with Van ISD, Round Rock ISD, Palestine ISD and Paris ISD.

The new principal of College Street Elementary School will also be a familiar face to Lindale ISD staff and students.  Jodie Albritton will fill the position starting in June. She is currently the assistant principal for College Street and Velma Penny Elementary School.  Albritton replaces Dr. Belinda Neal who was promoted to the position of Assistant Superintendent after longtime Lindale ISD employee Carolyn Todd also announced plans to retire.

Albritton has been with the Lindale ISD for 11 years and has worked as a teacher and assistant principal at Lindale Junior High School. She received her master of education in educational administration from the University of Texas at Tyler. She is also a member of the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association.

Trustees also approved the hiring of Randy Huffstickler as the new defensive coordinator for Lindale High School football.  Huffstickler joins Lindale from Tyler's Robert E. Lee High School where he formerly worked served as interim head coach and defensive coordinator.  Huffstickler will replace Mark Spann who is also planning to retire after serving for the last 11 years as the Eagle's defensive coordinator.

"We are very excited about the hiring selections we have made," Lindale ISD Superintendent Stan Surratt said.  "We truly feel these were the most talented and dedicated candidates for these positions.  We look forward to the their futures here in Lindale."

"While we are excited, we will certainly miss Mr. Williams, Mrs. Todd and Coach Spann.  We appreciate all their years of service and their commitment to children of this community."

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