|Spencerville BOE taps Fuge as superintendent|
|Friday, October 18, 2013 12:20 AM|
BY CYNTHIA YAHNA
SPENCERVILLE — The Spencerville Varsity Singers opened the school board meeting Thursday with a special song for retiring Superintendent Joel Hatfield. The singers, comprised of high school students, sang “Celebrate Music.”
Dennis Fuge has been hired to replace Hatfield, who is retiring Jan. 1.
Fuge attended Miami East High School and received a B.A. in marketing and education, and a minor in history from Ohio Northern University. He received his M.A. in school administration from the University of Dayton.
He has invested his entire professional career with Spencerville Local Schools, serving the district for 32 years starting as a teacher in 1981. During his tenure, he has served in many capacities, including high school teacher, summer maintenance worker, various coaching positions, faculty manager, middle school principal, athletic director, special education officer, assistant, transportation director, OSHA compliance officer, K-8 principal and is currently the K-6 principal. He also has served on various committees and project teams, including Race to the Top and Safe Routes to School.
A posting for the position was made throughout the state of Ohio for the vacancy through the OECN listing and also OSBA and BASA organizations. The board reviewed numerous qualified applicants and felt Fuge was an outstanding choice to lead the district forward.
Fuge and his wife, Pat, reside in the rural Spencerville area. They are parents of four children: Kory (Maria), Erika, Tricia, and Jenna; and the grandparents of Lydia.
“I am honored to accept the position of superintendent of schools at Spencerville.” Fuge said. “My entire educational career has been at Spencerville and I look forward to continuing our excellent reputation as a school.
“It will be difficult to follow Mr. Hatfield as he has been an outstanding leader for our school and community but I have full confidence that I will continue to prepare our school for the challenges that exist as we move forward as a district.”
Board President Lori Ringwald expressed her support of Fuge.
“Dennis has been a loyal employee and member of the Spencerville community for many years. He has a sincere passion for our district and a genuine caring for the students and the staff. The board of education welcomes him as he transitions in to his new position as superintendent of Spencerville Local Schools,” she said.
Warren Pughsley was at the board meeting to introduce himself to the board members as the head girls basketball coach.
“I was asked to come in and build a program from the top, middle and bottom,” he said. “I like the way the program is going and growing and I am looking forward to this season.”
Hatfield read a letter from the Ohio Department of Education signed by Dr. Richard A. Ross, superintendent of public instruction, noting Spencerville Elementary School a 2013 School of Promise.
The elementary joins 141 other Ohio schools in the designation. The school will receive an official “School of Promise” banner to display.
Hatfield also spoke about the National School Bus Safety Week that begins Monday.
“I wanted to get the message out about ensuring the safety of students as they enter and exit the bus is crucial. Bus drivers are trained to be cautious but need assistance from parents to make sure they watch for school buses stopped to load and unload children,” he said. “I want to encourage people that nothing can be that important to not stop for the school bus.”
Principal Scott Gephart reported on the following items:
• Red Ribbon Week begins Oct. 28. The speaker will be Devon McDonald (former Indianapolis Colt player) Oct. 30;
• The school concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday;
• The all-school musical will be offered Nov. 7 and 8;
• The Middle School Talent Show will be held Nov. 15; and
• Parent/Teacher Conferences will held Nov. 14-18.
In other action, the board:
• Employed substitutes;
• Accepted the resignation of Tom Burnett as head of maintenance effective April 1, 2014, for the purpose of retirement;
• Employed head track coach Bruce McConnell, one-year contract, salary per schedule in effect, as of July 1, 2014;
• Approved the district’s 5-Year Forecast;
• Approved final expenditure reports;
• Approved the Northwest District Athletic Board use of facilities to hold Division II sectional girls basketball tournament games on Feb. 18 and 22, 2014;
• Approved volunteers; and
• Employed athletic custodial personnel on as-needed basis for the 2013-14 school year.
The board then retired to executive session for the purpose of discussing the employment and compensation of a public employee.
The next Spencerville Board of Education meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 19.