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Former DISD school board member eager to take over troubled Prime Prep

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Former DISD school board member Ron Price is taking over the troubled charter school Prime Prep, which once served as former hall of famer Deion Sanders' dream that, in some ways, has become a nightmare.

He was named superintendent Wednesday night at an emergency meeting of the charter schools board.

When it comes to athletics, Prime Prep has been the best; but in academics and oversight, not so much. The school is among those that failed to meet state academic standards.

"Academics will be our number one focus," said Price, who plans to start in earnest after the Christmas break. "Our number two focus, our number three focus will be academics."

State education commissioner Michael Williams said, "No doubt Ron has a wealth of knowledge about proper management, direction and leadership necessary to run a school district…for folks at Prime Prep Academy, in the sense that they made a change, this is an excellent choice for them."

Price served 12 years on Dallas' school board; then lost a city council race to Carolyn Davis.

Public policy attorney Marcos Ronquillo says school boards can be a training ground.

"Management, protocol, regulations, budgets…all the different type of operational issues that goes into running and managing a particular school system, including a charter system," said Ronquillo.

Price feels he's ready to handle the challenges that await him.

"Those challenges were waiting on me when I arrived to the Dallas School Board," said Price. "The area I took over was low performing, but when I left, 18 out of the 21 I represented was either exemplary or recognized, and four of my high schools were recognized or exemplary."

For parents like Katrina Henderson, it's been frustrating.

"There are people that were in places or were put in place that had no heart for the students, which, one of them was mine, and when you have those people in place it doesn't work," she said.

Price says he is ready to fight to make sure it does work.

"Martin Luther King once said, ‘If you see a good fight, get in it,'" said Price. "Most folks forget he also said, ‘Get in it to win it.'"

Deion Sanders was fired in recent months, then rehired and fired again from the school. Price says he is bringing him back.

There is a meeting at Prime Prep in Dallas Thursday night at 6:30, where parents will learn the direction the charter school hopes to take with a new leader at its helm.

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