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Eastview has a new principal

Chris Kates speaks to the crowd after being confirmed Tuesday as Eastview Elementary School’s new principal by the Fayette County school board.


Eastview Elementary School has a new principal.

The Fayette County school board approved hiring Dr. Chris Kates as the new principal on Tuesday. He replaces James Small, who resigned.

In recommending Kates to the school board, Brian Hensley, Fayette County School Corp. human resources and facilities director, said Kates has 12 years of classroom experience and has been an instructional coach at Indiana University.

Kates had served as director of leadership and innovation for the Indiana Department of Education.

Hensley said the school corporation had many applications for the job. The interview process included representative Eastview teachers, support staff and parents; board members; and school administrators.

Kates spoke after the board confirmed his employment, saying he was eager to start getting to know the Eastview School community. Many of the school’s teaching and support staff attended to greet Kates.