Monday, June 23, 2003

Fairfield H.S. adds administrators to team

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer contributor

FAIRFIELD - The hiring of assistant principals Megan Graham and Daniel Beckenhaupt completes the administrative team at Fairfield Senior High School.

By adding one assistant principal, the school more closely matches similarly sized schools in the Greater Miami Conference, said Superintendent Robert Farrell.

The new assistant principal, along with a yet-to-be-hired guidance counselor, will give students more contact with adults.

"We're trying to take more of a personal approach with each and every child," Farrell said. "We felt that it was important for administrators to be effective; they had to reach more kids and parents. We hope this will do that."

Assignments for Graham, Beckenhaupt, and returning assistant principals Kern McKee and Robert Reynolds won't be made until after the administrative team meets as a group, said Graham.

"The high school is the heartbeat of the district. We look for good things for next year," said Anne Crone, school board president. "These are two up-and-coming administrators."

Last month, Paul Waller was named principal, and he will officially begin Aug. 1. He replaces Monica Mitter, who is resigning along with Assistant Principal Sheila Radtke.

Graham joined the district in 1992 as an English teacher. Two years ago, she was named secondary curriculum coordinator for Grades 7-12.

Beckenhaupt has been a high school social studies teacher in Fairfield since 1997, teaching American government and American history.

The board also approved salary ranges for classified administrative positions. It is the first such salary schedule for that group of employees.

They are: transportation/maintenance supervisor, $55,000 to $77,500; support services supervisor, $40,000 to $62,500; assistant transportation/maintenance supervisor, $32,000 to $54,500; payroll supervisor, $43,000 to $65,500; school and community relations director, $35,000 to $57,500.

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