A Celina ISD assistant principal has been chosen to lead the district’s new elementary school, which is set to open this fall.

Kristen Aune will serve as the principal of the district's fourth elementary school. The new school is expected to open in the 2024-25 school year, according to a district news release.

“Kristen has been a blessing for the Lykins community, guiding their academic, social and emotional growth while helping them gain the essential skills for their success,” Superintendent Thomas Maglisceau said in the release. “With many of the Lykins students and families shifting this fall to [Elementary School No. 4] ... Kristen will be there to welcome and support them as they work together to build a new school community.”

The details

Aune currently serves as the assistant principal of Lykins Elementary School. Previously, she worked as a middle school assistant principal and teacher in Frisco ISD.

During her time as assistant principal at Lykins Elementary, Aune received Celina ISD’s Leader of the Year award, for which she was nominated by colleagues, parents and community members, the release stated. Aune also received a PTA lifetime membership for her commitment to Parent–Teacher Associations and her service to students.

“The opportunity to contribute my experience and enthusiasm to the establishment of a new elementary school in Celina is truly exciting,” Aune said in the release. “My role as assistant principal at Lykins Elementary School has deepened my appreciation for our district’s commitment to excellence. As principal, my focus will be on creating a safe, productive learning environment that supports the whole child and cultivates future-ready learners. I am dedicated to building strong relationships with the staff members, students, parents and community members.”

A closer look

Elementary School No. 4 is located in the southwest portion of the district in the Cambridge Crossing neighborhood. A portion of Lykins Elementary’s attendance boundary is expected to be moved to the fourth elementary school, according to a presentation given during a Jan. 22 board meeting. The school will receive its formal name at the February school board meeting, the release stated.