By Jon Tatting
A new Rush City High School principal will be welcoming students and staff back to school next fall.
Current principal Stuart Fuhs, who took the job in May 2010, is resigning from his post at the end of his contract in June. The school board unanimously approved his resignation, along with four others, during its regular meeting on April 19.
Board Member Channa Tastsides made the motion, which was seconded by Brian Anderson.
Offering the only comment at the meeting was Tastsides who thanked Fuhs for his work on the ADSIS supplemental program (reading and math) and wished him well on his future plans.
“I appreciate the opportunities I have been given at Rush City and wish you, the students, the parents and the staff success in the future,” said Fuhs in his letter of resignation dated April 12 to the board and Superintendent Vern Koepp.
After the meeting, when asked for some explanation, Fuhs said he wants to pursue other opportunities and “try something new.” Without being specific, he said he’s open to endeavors within, related to and even outside the education field.
“I have a lot of oars in the water,” he noted.
Prior to moving his family to Rush City, Fuhs served eight years as principal of Schaller-Crestland High School in central northwest Iowa. He and wife Mary always wanted to move to Minnesota to be closer to family and other recreational interests, he told the Post Review in May 2010.
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In Rush City, he watched his children excel at academics and extra curricular activities at the high school. He even got an on-stage hug from daughter LynnAnn prior to her speech as co-valedictorian during the Class of 2011 graduation ceremony.
Meanwhile, the school board would like to thank Fuhs for his involvement with student events and activities, along with his work on writing the district improvement plan for reaching adequate yearly progress (AYP), said Board Chairman Scott Tryon, when reached for comment this week.
“Although the chemistry wasn’t quite right and perhaps not the best fit for him, he continues to serve as our high school principal until the end of the school year … doing so with the utmost dignity. I respect him for that,” he added.
For Fuhs, Rush City has been a good place, with a good staff and good kids. And he’s grown professionally thanks in part to participating in the state principals association and other educational conferences and workshops.
“I’ve learned a lot here,” he explained. “It’s been a great learning experience at Rush City and the Minnesota school system.”
Next, the board has started to advertise for a new principal and hopes to have someone in place by the end of May or early in June.
Board members also approved resignation notices from bus drivers Marilyn Fessenden and Steve Ansell, special education teacher Vandy Nelson and cook Tracie Kuhlman.