The Carroll School Board filled the district’s last principal vacancy last night, approving Jon Fike to take over at Old Union Elementary School for 2012-1013 and beyond. The Board’s vote drew smiles and cheers from members of the Old Union faculty in the audience, some of whom served on the interview committee that recommended Fike.
Most recently Fike served as Old Union Elementary’s assistant principal, applying for the open principal’s position when Dr. Mary Johnston was named to a central office position for CISD. He is the third principal named to a new position for this fall. Lisa Young and Shawn Duhon were chosen to lead Rockenbaugh Elementary and Carroll Senior High School, respectively. Duhon and Young both filled vacancies caused by retirements.
“Jon was the clear choice of the interview committee made up of teachers, administrators and parents,” said Superintendent David J. Faltys. “He cares about kids and has a lot of support from Old Union families who have gotten to know him while he served as assistant principal. We are pleased to have him join our district leadership team.”
Fike is in his 14th year in public education including six years in educational administration. He joined the CISD staff as a district curriculum coordinator for K-6 math, science, social studies, physical education and instructional technology. Prior to that he served as an assistant principal for Wilson Elementary School in Coppell ISD. He also taught special education in Highland Park ISD and math, social studies and science in Plano ISD.
“Old Union Elementary has a talented staff and wonderful community of parents and students,” Fike said. “I look forward to the challenges and opportunities the job at Old Union will give me. Having been in the field of education for a number of years, I am excited about becoming the principal, and I consider it a privilege to be a part of Carroll ISD.”
Fike has earned two graduate degrees from the University of North Texas and the University of Arkansas. In addition, he earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Special Education from the University of Arkansas. He and his wife, Allison, have three children – two sons, Manning and Camden, attending Old Union Elementary and an infant daughter, Sophie. Jon’s parents and in-laws were also present at the School Board meeting August 6 to celebrate his announcement as principal.