Mt. Vernon Register-News

May 22, 2013

School board member resigns from position

By TRAVIS MORSE travis.morse@register-news.com
The Register-News

---- — MT. VERNON – A four-year veteran of the Mt. Vernon Township High School Board of Education has resigned from office.

Cynthia Davis said she chose to step down from the board due to “family matters.” She will be relocating from the area and Monday night’s school board meeting was her last.

“It was a very hard decision to make,” said Davis, who is also a minister for the Power of Change Christian Church in Mt. Vernon.

Davis said she looks back fondly on her time as a board member. The district has taken great strides forward in recent years, raising grades and attendance, she said.

“We hired an excellent superintendent (in 2009) who has turned this school around,” Davis said.

Davis’ resignation letter was received and accepted by the MVTHS Board Monday. Now, the board will advertise for a replacement and accept letters of interest for the position. A firm time frame for the search has not been established.

“There is a procedure, but it’s not started yet,” said school board president Carl Miller.

The board Monday also hired a new assistant principal for MVTHS – Rowdy Fatheree.

Fatheree, who currently works at Danville High School, will take over the Mt. Vernon position in July. He will be responsible for discipline and the attendance office. He replaces former assistant principal Joyce Dalton, who resigned recently.

“I’m excited about moving closer to family and at the same time equally excited to be given the opportunity to be part of a district that’s moving forward with academics and student growth,” said Fatheree, a Wayne County native.

The board approved the hiring of Fatheree and four other new teachers after a roughly 90-minute executive session Monday night.

Other hires included a new vocal music instructor (Julie Prince), a social science teacher (Troy Medvick), a science teacher (Catherine Kohnen), and a special education teacher (Seth English). All are slated to begin work at the start of the next school season.

“The principal and department heads did the interviewing and came back with strong recommendations,” Miller said. “The board is pleased with who we hired.”

The five positions were posted at the end of March and numerous applications were received. The social science teacher position netted over 90 applications.

“It’s a time-consuming but important process,” said MVTHS Principal Wes Olson of evaluating the applicants. “It’s something where you find a good fit for the school and for the candidates.”

In addition to Davis’ letter, the school board Monday also accepted the following resignations: David Junkins, boys tennis coach; Jeff Harrision, head boys and girls soccer coach; Jacob Flick, online learning coordinator; and Don Bond, cook.