FAIRBURY – On Friday evening, the news was leaked over Twitter that Nicholas Kroon was stepping down as principal at Fairbury Jr./Sr. High School, and taking the principal and boys’ basketball coaching job at Riverside in Oakland, IA.
Kroon’s resignation was officially approved by the Fairbury school board on Monday night. Kroon had served as Fairbury’s principal for the last three years, and had worked with the Jeffs for four years total.
According to Kroon, this new job will be halfway between his family and his wife Gina’s family.
“We hate to lose you, but I wish you all the best in your new gig,” Fairbury superintendent Stephen Grizzle said during the meeting.
Fairbury hired Kroon’s successor from within, and appointed assistant principal and athletic director Derek Anderson as the high school principal, beginning in 2019-20.
“I’m really excited to kind of make my own mark on the district,” Anderson said, “and really help continue the progress of becoming a better district. I think we have a great one here. It’s a diamond in the rough. I think we’re well on our way to bigger and better things, and I just want to be a part of continuing that process.”
Anderson just wrapped up his third year in Fairbury. He has served as assistant principal and A.D. for that entire time.
“I’ve grown a lot,” he said. “I’ve built some great relationships with teachers, students and other staff members. I’m really excited to make my own mark on the district.”
Faibury’s school board also approved the hiring of Colin Forke as a secondary English teacher and Madison Moody as a kindergarten teacher for 2019-20.
Both are Fairbury graduates, and both will be first-year teachers when they arrive.
Maureen Beck (instrumental music), Gale Bly (business), Audrey Pingel (special education) and Janet Ahl (elementary PE) had their resignations approved on Monday. They will depart at the end of the 2018-19 contract year.
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