The breakfast is an annual event that continues to grow, Superintendent Dr. Paul Clore said.
“If you look across the room, we are beginning to fill this breakfast every year,” he said. “It’s a long standing tradition at Gregory-Portland.”
Assistant Superintendent Darla Czerwinski said the district hired 66 new staff members for the upcoming school year, including 54 teachers. Three of those teachers will also coach athletics.
“Eleven of the positions are new, due to growth,” Czerwinski said.
Various business and community leaders introduced new teachers at the breakfast. Dee Ezell, a member of Portland’s Chatwork Civic Club, made sure to be the first to make introductions, as she was excited to introduce her granddaughter. Portland Mayor David Krebs, Portland Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Dick Myers, Gregory-Portland Junior High Vice President Rosemary Vaseliades, and Gregory-Portland ISD Payroll Supervisor Cheryl Stephens were among the community leaders to introduce new staff.
Clore assured new teachers that the district’s school board would be helpful.
“You have one of the most stable school boards in the state of Texas,” he said. “It is part of what helps this school district be the great school district it is.”
Clore noted that the breakfast featured the largest group of personnel to be introduced within the one-hour time frame allotted for the event. The turnout is representative of the district’s recent growth.
“Our enrollment is beginning to grow more rapidly now than it has ever grown before,” Clore said.