After two years at the helm of Forest Park Middle School, Brian Bowman has been named executive director of campus accountability at Longview High School. District officials will begin a search for his replacement immediately.
Superintendent Dr. James E. Wilcox announced the move this week.
“Brian has done a fabulous job at Forest Park,” Wilcox said. “He went in there and changed the climate. As a result, our children have improved academically; there is more parental involvement than they’ve had in years; and Forest Park has become one of those campuses that actually attracts transfers.”
In his first year at Forest Park, the campus was rated Academically Acceptable, after previously being considered an underperforming campus by local, state and federal standards. Four students completed the esteemed International Baccalaureate program prior to Bowman arriving on campus. For the 2012-13 school year, about 60 students are set to complete the IB requirements.
For his success at Forest Park, Bowman in April was selected to serve on the TASA Vision Institute, a group of 35 principals from across Texas, to study changes in public education and make recommendations to the State Legislature. He and Forest Park staff were also invited to make a presentation on school transformation at the Texas School Improvement Conference, held this past October. Officials from more than 2,000 schools heard the story about the positive changes at Forest Park.
Bowman’s new charge ultimately is to improve Longview High School’s educational programs and state-mandated test scores. In doing this, he will also work at the middle school level, fine-tuning academic programs so that they are more closely aligned with the high school.
“This is bittersweet, because I love my kids and staff at Forest Park,” Bowman said. “At the same time, I am excited about working with (James) Brewer, the high school staff and the three middle schools. Longview High School is already well on its way to being one of the best in Texas, and I’m glad that I get to be an active part of the positive change.”
Bowman has already begun the process of moving into his new position. Bill Bradshaw, whom Bowman hired as an assistant principal in 2010, is serving as Forest Park’s interim principal.