Ron Vannice has been appointed as interim principal at Horizons Elementary School in Lacey effective Jan. 2.
He will take the place of former principal Tim Fries, who submitted his letter of resignation on Nov. 20 and will remain on vacation and paid leave through the end of the school year. Fries left to assist with the care of a family member, and eventually pursue international education oppor-tunities, according to Horizons’ school newsletter.
Vannice has worked in North Thurston Public Schools for 33 years. He most recently has been at Olympic View Elementary School, where he has served as dean of students for two school years. Before that, he was an assistant principal at Chinook Middle School for eight years.
Vannice has a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts education from Washington State University and a master’s degree in school administration from Central Washington University.
“I’m excited to have this opportunity to expand my professional boundaries,” he said.
The School District will post a job announcement for a permanent Horizons principal later this winter, Schrieve said.
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