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Falls City ISD names new principal
FALLS CITY -- Phillip Zwicke, who currently works as a coach and junior high social studies teacher in the Falls City Independent School District (ISD) here, has been named as the lone finalist in the district’s search for an elementary school principal. The board, at a March 13 special meeting, accepted Superintendent Linda Bettin’s recommendation to hire him.
Zwicke was one of three applicants the board interviewed during a lengthy closed session. The other two applicants, both female, were a current district employee and a principal from another area district.
Falls City ISD is a kindergarten through 12th grade district that straddles the Karnes-Wilson county border. The district consistently earns an “exemplary” rating from the Texas Education Agency, which lists the district as being home to 367 students in the 2011-12 school year. Growth in recent years has been exponential; the district had 339 students in 2010-11, and 329 students the year before.
When Zwicke takes the helm as the principal of the Luther Thomas Elementary School, the current district principal -- Christy Blocker -- will assume the duties of principal of Falls City High School. Prior to this, Blocker was principal over all grades.
Also during the meeting, the board announced that March 15 was the deadline for applicants for the superintendent’s position. Bettin, who has tendered her resignation effective in July, said that approximately 18 applications had been received prior to the meeting.
The board is set to hold its regular meeting Wednesday, March 20, at 6 p.m., with a special meeting to review the superintendent applicants at 6:45 p.m.
In attendance: Superintendent Linda Bettin, Principal Christy Blocker, and board members Raymond Dziuk, Mindy Jendrusch, Jerry Jendrusch, Patrick Jarzombek, Alfie Kowalik, and Eddie Bordovsky.
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