Dr. Kenneth Vogel has been selected as the lone finalist to become the principal of Bandera High School, replacing Sergio Menchaca who is leaving the Bandera Independent School District to become a principal in the Bowie Independent School District, Bandera ISD officials said.
Vogel’s appointment was formally announced at a meeting of the Bandera ISD Board of Trustees on Monday, June 17, a news release said. He won the appointment from BISD Superintendent Jerry Hollingsworth, who had been authorized earlier this year to name a new principal, which the identification of a lone finalist effectively does.
Vogel will begin his duties as the BHS principal on July 1.
Dr. Vogel has 13 years of experience in high school administration, most recently as assistant principal at Earl Warren High School in the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio.
Prior to that, he served as an administrator at O’Connor High School and John Paul Stevens High School, as well as Summer School principal, all in Northside ISD.
He has taught special education and social studies inclusion and has worked extensively with students with high behavioral needs.
“We have hit a home run in hiring Dr. Vogel. He brings extensive experience in leading at the high school level,” said Superintendent Hollingsworth. “Ken is a strong instructional leader who understands the importance of building relationships and has a track record in working with students from a wide variety of backgrounds. I am confident he is the
right match for Bandera High School.”
Vogel explained his decision by saying, “Bandera has always been a very special place to me and my family. We have been visiting Bandera for decades, and Bandera High School
is exactly where I want to be.
“There are outstanding initiatives and programs on the horizon, and the school district is poised to be one of the best in the state. I am excited, fired up, and ready to be a part of the Bandera ISD family. I look forward to working with some of the best faculty and staff anywhere and with students and parents who understand the value of hard work and an outstanding education.”
He holds a Doctor of Education degree, a Master of Arts in educational leadership, and a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, all from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Vogel has secured Texas Educator Certifications as a principal, in social studies and in special education, officials said.
He has four sons who attended or graduated from the Medina Valley Independent School District. His wife Patricia has three children who attended or graduated from Clark High School in NISD.
Menchaca said he took the job as principal at Bowie High School because it provided him with the kind of professional opportunity he had been looking for, but he said he and his family will miss Bandera.
“Being able to come into a community like Bandera has been the best thing for me and my family,” said Menchaca, who was hired as principal in Bandera in 2015. “Bandera has been great for my family and I.”