Adam Fontane, left, and Jad Griffin.

School trustees voted Tuesday to approve principals for Springfield and Fort Mill elementary schools for the 2020–2021 school year.

Adam Fantone will replace Peter Olinger at Springfield Elementary School as Mr. Olinger transitions to principal of River Trail Elementary School. Jad Griffin will replace Jocelyn Young at Fort Mill Elementary School as Ms. Young transitions to principal of Kings Town Elementary.

“We are pleased to announce Mr. Fantone and Mr. Griffin as new principals in our district,” said Superintendent Dr. Chuck Epps, in a press release. “They are both great examples of the leaders being developed in our district and will help continue the outstanding level of education at both schools.”

Mr. Fantone holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Mount Union College and a Master’s in the K-12 Principal Program from California University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Fantone has worked in education for the past 14 years. He joined the Fort Mill School District in 2010 as an elementary school teacher at Orchard Park and continued on to Doby’s Bridge Elementary, first as a teacher and then in his current role as Assistant Principal. Mr. Fantone has also served as the Summer Camp Program Leader for the district’s Lunch and Learn program. He was previously selected as the 2014-2015 Doby’s Bridge Teacher of the Year.

Mr. Griffin holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Winthrop University and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Western Governor’s University. He has worked in education for the past 11 years first as a fifth grade teacher at Riverview Elementary, followed by Pleasant Knoll Elementary. Mr. Griffin then transitioned into the role of Assistant Principal at Indian Land Elementary before taking his current role as Assistant Principal at Fort Mill Elementary in 2015.

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