MT. VERNON — As a new assistant principal at Mt. Vernon Township High School, Rowdy Fatheree hopes to bring a “firm, fair, and consistent” viewpoint to the job.
Among other things, Fatheree wants to utilize more technology to increase efficiency, as well as keeping the lines of communication open.
Fatheree, who replaces former assistant principal Joyce Dalton, will be responsible for discipline and the attendance office at MVTHS.
“I believe in effective communication with all the stakeholders involved,” Fatheree said. “Not just with staff, but with parents, community members, business leaders, and students. I like to keep people informed.”
A Wayne County native, Fatheree previously worked as an assistant principal for five years at Danville High School.
He resigned from that position, however, when the opportunity arose at MVTHS.
Fatheree and his wife have parents living in Southern Illinois and they wanted to raise their son here. Fatheree attended Flora High School. His wife, Jodi, grew up in Clay City.
“This is a good fit for me,” Rowdy Fatheree said. “Both of our parents are still in the area. It’s truly a blessing to find such a great district so close to home.”
Fatheree officially took over his new duties at MVTHS in July.
He had worked with MVTHS officials before during the formation of the high school’s Freshman Academy several years ago.
Danville High School already had a Freshman Academy in place. MVTHS officials consulted with Danville to develop an academy in Mt. Vernon, Fatheree said.
“There are a lot of parallels between the (two districts),” Fatheree said.
Before coming to Danville, Fatheree was a dean at Urbana High School for two years. Then prior to that, he taught English at Georgetown High School
Fatheree was hired by the MVTHS Board of Education in May.
Board President Carl Miller said Fatheree was the best applicant out of those who submitted letters of interest.
“He brings a real good background,” Miller said. “We got the person we wanted and we look forward to working with him. He should be well-suited for the job.”
Rowdy and Jodi Fatheree have a 2-year-old son named Rowdy James Fatheree.