Russell Griggs serving as Fayette superintendent 12.12.2007

Written by David Green.

A veteran school administrator is leaving the helm at the Gorham Fayette Local School District, but another is stepping in.

David Hankins, who joined the district as superintendent in 2003, announced in February he would retire at the end of 2007. Russell Griggs was hired to begin duties the first of December to give the two administrators some common time on the job.

This marks the 27th year as a superintendent for Griggs.

He started his career with the Elmwood district before beginning a 14-year stint with the Evergreen district, from 1988 through 2002.

He announced his retirement, but was hired by the Delta district for a one-year interim position—one that ended up lasting three years.

He was next hired by Stryker to serve as a one-year interim superintendent, but that job lasted two years. Now he has a one-year contract with Fayette.

The Fayette position is different in several ways, Griggs said.

“This is the first district that didn’t have either severe financial problems, operational problems or major facilities problems,” he said.

Fayette’s building project is well underway, the district is in a financially stable position and Hankins has left the district operationally sound, Griggs said.

He looks forward to joining the transition to the new school building. He sees the benefits of having the two existing schools merged into a central location, and the new facility should also bolster community pride and spirit.

“I’m looking for a positive experience here in Fayette,” Griggs said.

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