James Fry


James Fry 

Administrative Assistant
Kerri Ramirez

Jim Fry is a life-long educator starting his career in education 1996. He stepped into his role as Superintendent in College Place Public Schools July 1, 2019.  During his time in the district, he orchestrated the purchase of 40 acres for a future school site, ensured the successful passing of a transportation levy, enhanced preschool services the (ECEAP and Developmental), led the district through the pandemic, and has added many key instructional, social-emotional learning, and staff programs.  The district provides outstanding academic and co-curricular programs, continues to see growth in enrollment, and is proud of its small, family-like atmosphere built on The CP Way. 

Prior to College Place Public Schools, Mr. Fry worked in the Clarkston School District as the Assistant Superintendent for 4 years. Prior to that position, he served as the Executive Director of Teaching & Learning there for 3 years.  During his time there he was responsible for overseeing Teaching and Learning, Assessment, Human Resources, Civil Rights, Title IX, Facilities and managing over $1.2 million dollars in grant dollars.

Before his time in Clarkston, he spent six years in El Paso, TX at Canutillo High School; two years as assistant principal and four years as principal. He credits his time as a principal with giving him a broader perspective of the K-12 system and how every component part, from Kindergarten to grade 12, plays a part in contributing to successful, productive, high school graduates.

Mr. Fry began his administrative career spending five years as an Assistant Principal at John R. Rogers High School in Spokane, Washington. He oversaw student activities and athletics as well as student discipline while there. He employed systems of restorative discipline with a focus on teaching and consequence versus traditional punishment. These forms of discipline are now the focus of implementation in schools across Washington and the nation.

He started his educational journey teaching high school English at both John R. Rogers High School and Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington. As a teacher, his experiences were always with the students identified as “at-risk” or “hard to reach” and under-motivated. 

After his many years in school administration, his heart is still in the classroom. He became an administrator to have a greater impact on student learning and student success and to assist in the process of ensuring that all students received the kind of quality teaching that he expected of himself. 

His belief that in order to continue to evolve as an instructional leader, you continue to keep your focus on the individual students. 

He can be reached at (509) 525-4827 or jfry@cpps.org.