After principal reshuffles and promotions shift administrators around El Campo ISD, the district welcomes a pair of assistant principals to take on some of the responsibility for middle and high schools in El Campo.
Jeffery Orsak was confirmed as the new Deputy Director of the ECHS at the meeting of the ECHS Board of Directors in May. Orsak, vice-principal at Victoria West since 2015, had worked under the high school’s new principal, Paul Fleener.
“(Fleener) lets you do what you need to do, he gives you the freedom to do that job. If something benefits children, then we do it. This is the philosophy we adopt and it works. Some people forget that it’s about the children and not about us,” Orsak said on Thursday.
He views the move to El Campo after serving at West as coming home after spending time on the road.
“That’s where my family is from. My mum, the Collins family, is from here after they arrived from Cincinnati, I grew up playing here and it feels like home,” Orsak said, adding, “I love the traditions that El Campo has kept over the years, I have always gone to football games over the years. The most important thing for me is that I come from a big school and I come from a small school. Being able to play a bigger role in (the students’) lives is what I’m looking forward to the most.
While serving as assistant principal at Victoria West, Orsak worked as a teacher and principal at the Victoria ISD Summer School from 2017 to 2020. Before moving into an administrator role, he taught science and seventh grade athletics at Cade Middle School in Victoria from 2011 to 2015; as well as the addition of sixth grade mathematics at Howell Middle School in Victoria from 2008 to 2011.
At the same meeting, Todd Bohannon was confirmed as the new Deputy Director at CHMS.
Bohannon comes to El Campo after serving as assistant principal, teacher and coach at Edna High School since 2016.
El Campo ISD attracted Bohannon as a candidate because of the schools reputation and administrative team. “I’ve known Sandy (Fellers) for a while and Demetric Wells. I know Paul Fleener. They all have great reputations and it’s a chance to learn from good people who I respect,” Bohannon said, adding, “It’s something new to experience. I lived in El Campo for a while and saw things in the newspaper that came out and wanted to try to improve things, academically and athletically.
Prior to his time at Edna High School, Bohannon worked at Hill Country Christian School in San Marcos as a coach from 2014 to 2016, after leaving the private sector in 2013 as the owner of a brokerage firm. insurance from 2007 to 2013 in Austin.
The two new administrators served four years in the army, Bohannon from 1998 to 2002 in the US Army Airborne and Orsak from 1988 to 1992 in the US Navy.