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UPDATED: Joshua Fuchs Resigns As High School Principal

Fuchs will finish out the school year.

Principal resigned from his position this week and will finish out the school year.

At the beginning of the school year, . And after , he went on the record with his intentions.

"I’m not going anywhere—I can promise that," he said. "I will be here as long as Richfield wants me here. ... The only reason that I would want to leave here is for retirement."

Of course, students took to social media after hearing rumblings of a resignation Tuesday night. Student Steve Guevara tweeted:

"Is Mr.Fuchs really leaving? Cause on my momma grave im leaving Richfield and going ova North cuz!"

After his tweet garnered questions from fellow students and followers he then wrote:

"Mr.Fuchs is offically done being my friend... #HeFake."

A discussion has also started on the Richfield Patch Facebook page:

Carly Thomas Kidd wrote:

"Wow! So disappointing for our district and the RHS students. It sure would be nice to have some consistency for our students. Will be interesting to hear a reason why being that he was so adamant about staying only 9 months ago."

Click here to see more of the Facebook discussion.

Fuchs confirmed that he had given his resignation with Richfield Patch at around 9 p.m. Tuesday night, however, wouldn't comment on his reasoning at this time. He did say he would talk with Patch in the near future.

This was Fuch's first year as a principal and at RHS. He came to Richfield from the Oakland, CA area.

Caitlin Burgess May 17, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Here's a link to Superintendent Bob Slotterback's statement regarding the resignation. http://patch.com/A-twrx
Caitlin Burgess May 22, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Update: Principal Fuchs has not yet agreed to talk with me. I'm still working on it. Also, many of you were concerned about the district's standing. The Minnesota Department of Education released rankings today as part of the new measurement system now that the state is exempt from No Child Left Behind. Three of our schools ranked as either a "Priority School" or "Focus School." The rankings are news, but the reasoning behind it, may not come as a shock. Here are the links: Sheridan Hills Becomes 'Priority School' Under New Accountability System - http://patch.com/A-t2gx Sheridan Hills Named Priority School: Principal's Letter to Parents - http://patch.com/A-t2gk What Do These New Accountability Scores Mean? - http://patch.com/A-t2gG
Laura May 23, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I have heard story after story about things that have happened in the high school, which has made me more nervous about keeping my kids in this school system through graduation. I do understand that many of the things I hear may not be "true" or I'm probably not getting the whole story, but the fact that I am hearing horrible things from more than one place leads me to believe that some of it has merit. I was convinced by a few of my neighbors to stay in the school system, with this new principal he is going to be able to turn it around, my kids will be fine. After hearing of his resignation and our low rankings in the state, it's making me think twice about keeping my kids here. It makes me sad, I love Richfield but I want my kids to have a good education in a safe environment and I'm just seeing that that's what they will be receiving if they stay here.
Caitlin Burgess May 23, 2012 at 07:25 PM
The school district is well aware of its low performance in many categories. All school officials have been open about it and I think most parents know as well. So the rankings that came out yesterday aren't news. Also, in the last couple years AYP scores have gone up in many areas, so some progress is being made. However, with two high school principals cashing out in two years - in addition to three other principals leaving between June 2011 and September 2011 - you have to wonder why. In Fuchs' case, I really think there was difference of opinion on how to move forward with bringing about that change and getting more results. That isn't a confirmed statement, just my interpretation. I don't know if other rumors are true. In terms of the bad stuff you are hearing, are you able to elaborate on it a bit? Just wondering the type of stuff it entails (kids fighting, bullying, teachers, administrators, etc.)
Lori Swetala May 25, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Just wanted to weigh in that we are sticking with RHS. Two years ago we entered our own public school system for the first time, and the high school has been a great experience. Although I want a stable principal at the school, I know the staff is talented and committed. I want to know that the district goals are to continue to hold up excellent standards, continue open and honest improvement and continue the momentum that many believe started a few years ago with Mr. West and Ms Johnson in the Jr and Sr high respectively. This year at the state girls' basketball tournament we were so proud of our entire student body at the games and the pride in their school. This is exactly what Richfield needs, and with schools, teachers, administration and community members behind the same goals, we can really go far. One more thing. This year we had a student at RHS get a perfect ACT score! There are many success stories that need to be shouted from the rooftops, so to speak! Thanks for listening.

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