Centerville High School Principal Jeremy Hissem has been hired as the new superintendent of Van Buren School District. His last day will be at the end of his contract, June 30.

He resigned in a letter dated May 28. It was approved by the school board on Wednesday.

As a result, the Centerville School Board in a special meeting Wednesday shuffled a previous hire they had made to fill Hissem’s position.

Matt Johnson, previously approved to be an associate elementary school principal, will now be the principal of the Centerville High School. That appointment is effective July 1. His salary will be $125,000.

Julie Caraccio was then named the associate elementary school principal, effective Aug. 1. Her salary will be $85,000.

Hissem began as a high school principal in Centerville in July 2017. He came to the district from the Cardinal School District in Eldon, where he was the 6th-12th-grade principal.

"Thanks for giving me the opportunity to serve Centerville CSD as High School Principal," a letter from Hissem read. "I have learned so much under your guidance and leadership."

Van Buren is a school district of about 700 students, headquartered in Keosauqua. Voters in Van Buren and Harmony school districts voted to merge in 2018, which will culminate starting with the upcoming school year. Harmony has about 135 students.

Caraccio, while technically replacing Johnson in a role he never assumed, is in the position that will replace Dianne Fatka, who previously retired from her position as prekindergarten and first-grade principal.

Since the school district is consolidating elementary students into one building, the district opted to replace the position as an associate principal.

Johnson was previously a teacher in the Centerville Community School District. From 2012-2014 he was the junior/senior high school principal in Eddyville, before returning to Centerville to be an instructional coach within the teacher leadership program.

Kyle Ocker is the editor of the Daily Iowegian and can be reached at or by calling (641) 856-6336. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker



Kyle Ocker is the editor of the Daily Iowegian. Prior to becoming editor, Ocker was a correspondent, sports editor and associate editor at the Daily Iowegian, and was the managing editor of the Knoxville Journal-Express.

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