Houston ISD Superintendent Mike Miles announced he has reassigned the principals of three high schools, including Yates leader Tiffany Guillory, whose attempted firing last year prompted uproar from her supporters.

Miles said Wednesday he has removed Guillory, Sharpstown High School Principal Dan De León and Worthing High School Principal Everett Hare Sr. The three longtime HISD employees had a combined 15 years of experience at their campuses.

Former HISD superintendent Millard House’s administration reassigned Guillory from the campus twice and attempted to fire her last year. Yates parents and alumni protested the proposed termination, and HISD’s elected board ultimately voted in January against the administration’s firing recommendation.

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath replaced HISD’s elected board and appointed Miles in June. The moves were largely tied to HISD’s failure to raise student achievement at Wheatley High School, which triggered sanctions under state law.

“My leadership team and I reviewed existing plans for the future of these schools and determined that new leadership was necessary to drive the kind of improvement these high schools need to start preparing their students and graduates well for the workplace and world that waits for them after high school,” Miles said in a statement.

Houston ISD Superintendent Mike Miles (Antranik Tavitian / Houston Landing)

Miles said the three principals were informed of the changes Wednesday morning. De León has led Sharpstown since 2016, Guillory became principal of Yates in 2018 and Hare took over leadership of Worthing in 2020.

Miles did not name the new principals that will helm the three campuses next year, but he said “new permanent leadership” will be in place at the beginning of August. The new principals will fill vacant positions at the campuses.

The reassignments of Guillory and Hare follow their decision to voluntarily join Miles’ “NES-aligned” program, which will bring several significant changes to the campuses ahead of the school year. Principals had until Monday to opt in to the initiative. Yates and Worthing will remain part of the program for the upcoming school year. 

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    The NES-aligned program is a pared-down version of Miles’ plan to more dramatically overhaul 28 campuses in the Kashmere, North Forest and Wheatley high school feeder patterns. Schools joining the NES-aligned initiative will be open for extended hours, receive more standardized curriculum and adopt a staffing model that could result in some cuts to non-teaching positions, among other changes.

    Miles previously announced the principals at 11 of the 28 campuses would not return next year. He hadn’t mentioned plans to reassign principals at other schools.

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    Miranda Dunlap is a reporter covering small business and entrepreneurship for the Houston Landing. A painfully Midwestern native to Michigan’s capital region, Miranda studied political science pre-law...