New Fountain Elementary principal named

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published August 28, 2018

 Brandon Komarowski will take over as principal of Fountain Elementary School in Roseville. He has worked in the district for 15 years and previously taught grades four and five at Fountain.

Brandon Komarowski will take over as principal of Fountain Elementary School in Roseville. He has worked in the district for 15 years and previously taught grades four and five at Fountain.

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ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Community Schools district has named Fountain Elementary School Teacher-in-Charge Brandon Komarowski as the school’s new principal.

Komarowski has already formally begun his duties and is preparing for classes to begin Aug. 29. He said he is looking forward to tackling his new responsibilities.

“I am very excited and I’m thankful for the opportunity. I look forward to working with teachers and parents to keep Fountain the great school it is,” Komarowski remarked. “I was a little nervous and have had to learn some things, but I am looking forward to a successful year. I’ve had to deal with observing teachers, dealing with setting up school accounts, arranging building schedules. It’s new to me, but my experience being teacher-in-charge has prepared me.”

Superintendent John Kment said that many qualified candidates applied for the position, but Komarowski was viewed as the overall best choice. 

“The quality of the candidates was top-level, and it was a very tough decision,” Kment said in a press release. “Based on his experience within the district and the building, we felt he was the top candidate for the position. We want to congratulate Mr. Komarowski on becoming the new principal of Fountain Elementary.”

The previous principal is Wayne Johnson, who is leaving after 26 years in the Roseville Community Schools district. He spent eight years teaching elementary classes before moving on to an administrative role, and he has served as principal for the past 18 years. 

“The outgoing principal was Wayne Johnson, and I thought he did a good job,” Komarowski said. “He really cared about his staff and his students.”

“We thank Mr. Johnson for his years of dedication to our students and we wish him the best in his new role as principal in another district,” added Kment in the press release.

Komarowski, a Wayne State University alumnus, began teaching in 2004 at Eastland Elementary School before moving on to Kment Elementary. For the last eight years he has taught fourth and fifth grades at Fountain, as well as serving as the teacher-in-charge for the past two years. He also assisted in the development of the school’s discipline program, worked on the team that created the school’s behavior program, and served as co-chair for the school improvement team.

“My biggest challenge right now is getting everything prepared. I’ve been in training for two weeks almost every day. I want to make sure the first week runs smoothly and the kids have a good, safe, fun week when they get here.”

Komarowski said there are a few tweaks he wishes to make after he gets settled in, but for the most part he wants to maintain a consistent feeling for Fountain students.

“Initially I want to create a positive environment where my staff, students and parents are informed about what’s going on, and I want to ensure Fountain continues to be a successful school and I give my staff and students the support they need,” said Komarowski. “I’m not going to make a lot of changes in the beginning. I do want to see some changes in discipline. I want to change the lunch schedule — going from three lunches to two lunches, the morning routine and instructional schedule — which is when the teachers teach certain subjects.”

He added that he hopes to continue to build strong relationships with the families of Fountain Elementary.

“I am very excited to be here. I am looking forward to a successful year,” Komarowski said. “I want to keep the community informed and make sure everyone has a safe, successful and fun year.”

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