By unanimous vote, AISD board approves Hosack as permanent Mac principal

First-year leader eager to continue initiatives; band honored for making it to state


On the same night that she shed the interim tag to become McCallum’s permanent principal, Brandi Hosack joins drum majors Jonah Brown and Dexter Canning and associate superintendent of high schools Dr. Craig Shapiro as the board recognizes the @mccallumband for being the only Austin ISD band to qualify for the UIL State Marching Championships.

Kristen Tibbetts
Hosack reacts to the board announcement recognizing McCallum for earning three Distinction Designations under 2019 Texas State Accountability System. McCallum was recognized for attaining Academic Achievement in Math, Top 25% Academic Growth and Top 25% Closing Performance Gaps. Photo by Kristen Tibbetts.

After being unanimously approved by the AustinISD Board of Trustees at last night’s regular board meeting, Brandi Hosack cleared the last hurdle to becoming the permanent Mac principal.

Hosack told MacJournalism this morning that last night’s vote brought a long professional journey to a happy conclusion.

“I’ve been working towards it for six months, and so [I feel] relieved of course to get the interim title off and to be able to get, not really to get, started; we’ve already started, but to be able to continue the work I’m excited to stay.”

She said that it removes a barrier to the initiatives already underway since she become acting principal last summer.

“When you’re the interim principal people don’t know, they don’t really know to buy into what you are doing and what you are saying because they don’t know if you’re going to stay or not. So I think it’s just a sense of calmness that it brings to everything like ‘OK, now we’re all in this together.’”

[I feel] relieved … to get the interim title off and to be able … to continue the work I’m excited to stay.

— principal Brandi Hosack

In the future, Hosack said she will continue to work hard to build relationships on the campus.

“We started the Student Leadership team last week, so we’re excited for that and just making sure that we continue to build upon the great things that have already happened.”

Speaking of great things that have already happened, the board recognized the band for its success during the fall 2019 marching band season.

The Mac band placed 14th at UIL State on Nov. 2-4 at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio. The band qualified for state by winning the UIL Area D Contest in October in Pflugerville. There are 253 5A marching bands in Texas. Their marching show was entitled “Forever in Stone,” based on the ancient tale of Medusa. The show featured the following musical selections: “Isle of the Dead” by Rachmaninoff, “Angels in the Architecture” by Tichelli, “You Are So Beautiful” by Preston, and “Medea” by Barber.

–with reporting by Anna McClellan and Kristen Tibbetts