Fayette schools will have a new principal filling a new position when classes begin in August.
Jon Molter of Toledo was selected as the top choice to serve as the new K-12 principal to cover both the elementary and secondary schools.
The district has traditionally employed a separate principal for each school until two years ago when Erik Belcher was hired to serve as superintendent and elementary school principal.
Molter, 47, has had a variety of experiences to help him fill the new role.
Although he began his post-college career working for Lucas County in the social services field, he was recruited into education by a professor. After earning a teaching degree, he began an 11-year year career as an elementary and middle school teacher with the Swanton District.
He turned toward administration by serving as K-8 principal at Christ the King school in Toledo for a year, then concentrated on administration coursework before he accepted a position with the Toledo Public School system. That’s when he gained high school experience at a magnet school.
He’s also had plenty of contact with high school students through coaching.
A friend told Molter about the Fayette job and he decided to take a look. It was the people he met that convinced him to accept the job, he said.
“I know of Erik Belcher as a good and visionary administrator,” he said, and he’s also been impressed with the staff.
“The support from within the walls is phenomenal,” Molter said.
Although Molter attended Whitmer High School, he said that Washington Township where he grew up had a small-town character to it that he appreciated and he looks forward to becoming part of the Fayette community.
“I’m excited about it,” he said. “The school offers a unique environment.”
He and his wife, Kristi, intend to move to Fayette eventually.
The Molters are the parents of two daughters, both of whom are nurses, and they have two grandchildren.