New principal hired for Washington Elementary School

By Vicki Tillis, Ledger lifestyles editor

The Fairfield Community School District Board of Directors approved the hiring of Anne Clark as the Washington Elementary School principal position during the board meeting Monday evening at the Administration/Curriculum/Technology Center.

Clark will be succeeding Jeff Eeling, who is stepping down from the position when his contract expires June 30.

Clark has three years of administrative experience and 14 years in the education field. She has a bachelor’s degree in education, with an emphasis in early childhood education/elementary education, English Language Learners and Spanish. She also has a master’s degree in administration.

Clark currently is employed as the associate principal at Liberty Elementary School in the Ottumwa school district.

Clark told the school board members Monday that her colleagues in Ottumwa, who have children at Washington school, have told her about the school.

“Washington Elementary is such a great school,” she said. “This is a great opportunity for me.”

Her salary will be $83,000.

Eeling has been the principal at Washington Elementary for the past seven years, and was the principal of Libertyville Elementary starting that same time until the building was closed in 2017. Before that, he worked in the Pekin Community School District. He plans to continue as assistant coach of the Fairfield High School baseball team.

Student fees set for 2019-20

Students haven’t been dismissed yet for the summer break, but the school district is already making plans for the 2019-20 school year.

The board of directors approved the fee schedule Monday night.

Superintendent Laurie Noll pointed out the only changes to the fee scheduled is an increase in lunch fees: elementary lunch is being raised 10 cents to $2.65; and fifth- through 12th-grade lunch is being raised 10 cents to $2.80.

All other fees remain the same:

Breakfast is $1.75 for all students.

Book rental is $45 for kindergarten through fourth-grade; $50 for middle school; and $60 for high school.

Instrumental music is $10 for sixth- through eighth-grades and $15 for ninth- through 12th-grades.

Activity tickets are $25 for a middle school student, $35 for a high school student, $130 for a family, $65 for an adult, and $20 for a senior age 62 or older.

Preschool fees, collected at the A/C/T Center, are $70 a month.

The districtwide fee payment day is scheduled 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Aug. 5 at Fairfield Middle School. The first day of school is set for Aug. 23.