Amarillo ISD Superintendent Dr. Dana West to Retire

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) - Amarillo Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Dana West announced her intention to retire on Wednesday.

According to AISD, the Board of Trustees will be meeting on Monday, Oct. 1, to accept her retirement.  This announcement comes on the heels of a contentious AISD Board of Trustees meeting Monday, Sept. 17. 

Aaron Phillips, a 5th-grade teacher and the president of Amarillo Education Association, addressed the board last week. "I would say her retirement announcement was unexpected for me at least. We've worked with Dr. West for the last 3 years on issues important to teachers in our district," Phillips said. 

Issues covered in last week's meeting included scripted lesson plans. "To be an effective teacher you have to know your kids, know their needs. If you're just following a script you're going to lose kids, they're not going to be interested in the content," Phillips explained. 

F. Scott Flow, AISD Board's president, responded to these concerns after the meeting. "We are looking into those matters and we're trying to discern the best that we can whether or not there's situations that need to be addressed," Flow told KAMR Local 4 News's Kaley Green last week.

Phillips says tensions at this meeting were running high, and Dr. West also addressed the teachers at the end of the night. 

"We were definitely willing to work with her moving forward...Whoever comes into that role next, we'll continue to work with them to ensure that what's happening in the classroom is what's best for kids," Phillips added. 

AISD representatives declined to interview, but did release the following statement:

Superintendent Dr. Dana West has notified the District of her intention to retire from Amarillo ISD. The AISD Board of Trustees plans to meet on Monday to accept her retirement and appoint an Interim Superintendent.

We will have more information as it becomes available. 

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