SMSD Grad Raymond Root hired as new Stafford High Principal

SMSD Grad Raymond Root hired as new Stafford High Principal
Posted on 02/13/2018
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Twenty years after graduation, a Stafford High School graduate is going back to his roots.

The Stafford MSD Board of Trustees voted to hire 1998 Stafford High School graduate Raymond Root as the new principal of Stafford High School.

Root, the son of Stafford residents Raymond Root Sr. and Bobbi Root, beamed with excitement and gratitude as the Trustees made their vote official at Monday’s Board Meeting.

“I am very excited,” Root said. “The opportunity of returning to your hometown in a leadership role is one that not very many people get to experience. I look forward to ensuring that the kids at Stafford have every opportunity possible.”

Root is currently the Principal of Manvel Junior High School in Alvin ISD. He started working as a full-time teacher in Alvin ISD in 2004 and later became an Associate Principal at Manvel High School, a school that is on the edge of 5A/6A.

Stafford MSD Superintendent Dr. Robert Bostic and Stafford MSD Board President Auturo Jackson were equally enthusiastic, referring to Root as a “Rock Star” several times.

“We are proud to announce the hiring of Raymond Root as our new high school principal,” Dr. Bostic said. “Mr. Root has done an outstanding job during his many years at Alvin ISD. We know that they will miss him, but we’re glad that this “Rock Star” is coming home to Stafford.”

Said President Jackson, “I am extremely excited about Mr. Raymond Root becoming our new Stafford High School Principal.   He is not only an extremely competent and capable educator and administrator, but he is also a Spartan.   Principal Root was a resident of Stafford who graduated from SMSD.  He has great relationships with folks in the district and community and his parents still live here in Stafford.    He is a great example of the type of citizens SMSD is producing.   I am looking forward to him leading our High School campus.”

After the announcement, Root took a photo with Dr. Bostic, the Board of Trustees, his parents and Kathy Ratcliff, a retired Stafford MSD educator who Root calls “his second mom.”

The Stafford Community is ecstatic, too. The announcement of Root’s hiring on Facebook went viral, reaching nearly 5,000 people by Tuesday morning and garnering 163 likes and 85 comments.

Retired SMSD Principal Dr. Phyllis Tyler has served as Interim Principal at Stafford High School since last fall and will continue in that role for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year. Root will officially begin as principal in 2018-19, but he is currently in discussions with Stafford MSD and his current District on his schedule for the remainder of 2017-18.

Root said he will balance the two jobs for the remainder of 2017-18, in order to be involved in the future staffing and scheduling process for Stafford High. He also plans to attend several SHS events between now and the end of the school year.

Root was briefly a substitute teacher in Stafford MSD in 2002-03, upon graduation from the University of Texas. He has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Lamar University in Beaumont and a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from the University of Texas.