Abilene ISD Superintendent Dr. David Young announced Tuesday that he has selected Alison Camp to lead a major research effort to study possible changes in the grade configuration for students in the middle grades.

Camp, who has been principal at Austin Elementary School since 2016, will assume her new role as Middle Years Transition Specialist at the end of the current school year. A search for her successor at Austin Elementary is underway.

“With Alison’s experience as a proven elementary principal and her talent for organizing systems that support student success, I think she is uniquely qualified to spearhead this study,” Young said. “Alison will be the leader, but it will be all of our stakeholders – students, parents, teachers, staff – who will be involved in this important process.”

Camp’s position will be paid through federal emergency relief funds, not out of the local budget. Young said that after completion of the study, Camp will return to a campus to again serve as principal.

Camp has been an educator for 18 years and joined AISD in 2006 as a teacher at Fannin Elementary School. She served as instructional coordinator at Ortiz Elementary for two years and Ward Elementary for four years before becoming principal at Austin.

Camp has both bachelors and masters degrees from Abilene Christian University.