Marble Falls Elementary gets new principal

FROM STAFF REPORTS

MARBLE FALLS — After getting input from staff and parents, district leaders turned to an assistant principal from the Hillsboro school district to take the reins at Marble Falls Elementary School.

The Marble Falls Independent School District board of trustees approved hiring Michael Haley during its June 16 meeting. MFISD Superintendent Robert O’Connor recommended Haley after an extensive search process that involved school staff, parents and faculty members.

Haley most recently served as the assistant principal at Franklin Elementary School and Hillsboro Elementary School in Hillsboro ISD. He replaces Bruce Peckover, who will be MFISD’s director of career and technology education and communication.

A search committee set criteria for the elementary school position and then sorted through applications based on that criteria. The committee interviewed six applicants before forwarding Haley to O’Connor for further interviews.

“Mr. Haley distinguished himself as the top candidate for Marble Falls Elementary,” O’Connor said. “We listened closely to teachers and parents to match our new principal with what our community is looking for in their next principal. Mr. Haley’s experience in leading teachers to help motivate student engagement levels excited our hiring committee.”

Before stepping into his administrative roles, Haley was a second- and third-grade teacher as well as a campus mentor at Hillsboro Elementary School.

He and his wife, Amanda, who is an elementary school teacher, have a son, Zachary, who is entering second grade, and a daughter, Avery, who is entering kindergarten.

“I love to instill in students and staff the love of learning and the value of being a lifelong learner,” Haley said. “Everyone has been so kind and welcoming. I’m looking forward to moving to Marble Falls and raising our kids in this community.”

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