With school funding sources always at a questionable state, it’s a bold move for Fayette superintendent Erik Belcher to suggest hiring a new administrator—and it’s a bold move by the board of education to support his plan.
It also seems like a really smart move.
The new job that will be filled by Gene Rupp is an important one, covering a wide variety of tasks that will benefit the district. Boosting gifted education opportunities, creating local work/study opportunities, seeking grants, overseeing on-line classes to create a “digital academy,” assisting with staff evaluations—they’re all important jobs that often get pushed aside by administrators due to other duties
Belcher’s goal is to make the new position pay for itself and we understand his concerns when he says that he’s both excited about the opportunities and nervous about the venture at the same time. It’s an excellent plan and it will soon be time to begin making it work.
It seems that Gene Rupp is a fine choice for filling the new position. He certainly has the experience to address the many facets of the plan and he has a student-centered educational philosophy that seems perfect for the job.
We suspect that many area districts will be watching Fayette’s venture to see how it plays out. It’s a smart, forward-looking plan and they’ll want to be in on the action, too.