The board of trustees of the Blanco Independent School District convened a special meeting on Monday night, July 30, to consider hiring a candidate for principal at Blanco Middle School.
Bill Luna spoke with the school board about himself. Luna, who will be 38 years old this month, is currently assistant principal at Samuel Clemens High School in the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District, told the board that he’s coming from a good situation at a district where people stay and retire.
“For the longest time, I intended to be one of those people,” Luna said. “I don’t like to jump around. I like to get into a community, settle in, and be a part of things. I see this as a place where I’m going from a good place and coming to a good place. I told Dr. Ford, every time I talked with these nice people who interviewed me, who I’ll be working with, I tell them, they’re a familiar tone.”
Luna, who started his teaching career as a language arts teacher at Hays High School in Hays CISD in 2002, transferred to Dobie Junior High School in his current ISD in 2004. He became assistant principal of that school in 2008 and then assistant principal at Clemens High in 2010.
“I made it my life’s work to try to understand more deeply every day what good education is,” Luna continued. “I think it comes down to kids. Every dollar you spend, every minute you walk in the halls, every word you say to a parent, it’s about kids and making them better. It’s about welcoming parents to the school, making that a part of the community, making them feel like they can come in and be a part of things. I know how important that is to me when I go to the girls’ school. I know how thankful I am when their principal, their teachers, walk out and greet me, make me a part of things. That’s what I intend to do at Blanco Middle.”
“I know that it’s an important part of this community and I don’t intent to let you folks down. I see that you have a great staff. I intend to use every bit of learning I’ve had to make it a better place, to get out there and be a part of the culture and make it my own too.”
Luna’s family, wife Anna and daughters Corri and Mia, were in attendance at the board meeting.
Luna received his Bachelor’s in English and Political Science from Southwest Texas State University, followed by his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Texas State and is currently working toward his Ph.D. in School Improvement at Texas State. Board President Matt Herden asked Luna the degree he’s pursuing.
“It’s leadership more than anything,” Luna replied. “Folks from all walks of life—engineers, nurses, nurse practitioners, superintendents, assistant principals, teachers—all varieties of people. What it comes down to is that they’ve made it a leadership degree. If you get that degree, you can go to just about any field and be a part of things.”
Following an executive session, the board reconvened in open session and approved a motion to hire Luna as principal of Blanco Middle School. The board then approved a motion to accept the resignation of Jesse Salazar. Board members and the audience jokingly commented on the order of the two items and that the district didn’t want to be without a middle school principal.