New Pflugerville High School principal announced in pool of new district hires

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Pflugerville ISD on May 20 announced two new principals at district campuses for the 2021-22 school year. (Courtesy Pflugerville ISD)

Pflugerville ISD on May 20 announced two new principals at district campuses for the 2021-22 school year. (Courtesy Pflugerville ISD)

Pflugerville ISD’s oldest high school is getting a new principal for the 2021-22 school year.

The district announced at the May 20 board of trustees meeting that Zack Kleypas will take over as principal of Pflugerville High School beginning next school year.

Kleypas most recently served as principal of Park Crest Middle School since 2016, according to a May 21 news release from PfISD. Prior to his time at Park Crest Middle School, Kleypas was an assistant principal at Hendrickson High School for several years.

“Zack Kleypas has been with our district for a long time and risen through the ranks,” said Doug Killian, superintendent for PfISD, in the news release. “His leadership skills have always been there, and it was just a matter of time until an opportunity for him to lead one of our high schools became a reality.”

The new Pflugerville High School principal replaces the outgoing Ameka Hunt. Last month, Del Valle ISD announced it had hired Hunt as the new principal of Del Valle High School.


PfISD also announced May 20 that Tranae Hill was hired to lead at Windermere Elementary School as its principal in the 2021-22 school year.

Hill, a 2004 graduate of PfISD’s Connally High School, joins the district after serving several years at Fort Bend ISD. Most recently, Hill served as principal of Pecan Grove Elementary in Richmond. Overall, Hill has more than 4 years of experience as a principal and an additional three years of experience as an assistant principal, according to the PfISD news release.

NEW HEAD OF TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT

PfISD’s Transportation Department, which oversees the district's fleet of buses, will have a new director heading into next school year.

The school district on May 20 announced it has brought on Daniel Walch to serve as the Transportation Department's director. Walch will report to the department's Executive Director Michael Brassfield.

Walch previously worked with transportation advisory firm TransPar as its director of transportation. In that role, Walch helped PfISD create its own Transportation Department in the 2019-20 school year, when it launched with more than 100 buses.

According to PfISD’s May 20 news release, Walch helped PfISD develop its training and operations manual for the district’s transportation employees.

Note from the editor: This article has been edited to clarify Daniel Walch's role in the Pflugerville ISD Transportation Department.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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