Aletha Patterson, principal at Sidney Elementary School, has been named Early Elementary School principal, replacing Bobby Fryar, who was recently named principal for Early High School.

Patterson’s duties will begin July 9.

“I’m excited about coming to Early,” Patterson said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “Early’s reputation for academic success is what made me want to apply for the position. I’m ready to be a good part of the academic team at Early.”

Patterson and her husband, Dale, and their two sons live in Comanche. She said their sons, ages 18 and 21, are both students at Tarleton State University and commute from home. For now, she said, as long as the boys are commuting, the family will continue to live in Comanche to help shorten the distance they travel. Dale Patterson works for TXU.

Patterson said she had lived in the Comanche area all of her life. She graduated from Sidney High School and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Tarleton. Her first teaching assignment was at Rising Star she said, but then she accepted a teaching assignment at Sidney and taught there until three years ago when she was named principal.

The Early Independent School District’s board of trustees approved the contract for Patterson at its regular session meeting on Thursday.

The board also approved teaching contracts for Tuesdie Richmond to teach fourth grade. Richmond has been a teacher at Northwest Elementary at Brownwood. Susan Isom, who has been teaching at Blanket, was hired to teach third grade.

Charles Tindol was hired as Early Middle School coach and technology teacher. Tindol has been coach at Abilene Christian High School. He is the younger brother of EISD athletic director and head football coach Robbie Tindol.