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.

farmoh1091 May 16, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Why would he leave a beautiful state such as California only to a principal for a year? What purpose does that do for him?
Student May 16, 2012 at 11:23 AM
You sound like a crazy idiot
Linda thomas May 16, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Little concerned with the tenure of violence to some of the comments. People may have the best intentions but life sometimes throws a curve ball and circumstances change. Despite being upset by the news perhaps one could wait until Mr. Fuchs shares what he feels is important...Let's avoid judgements.
David Haines May 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM
The threat is immature and not called for. However, what does this departure teach kids about the value of a promise? Did he just say what bosses wanted to hear to get the job or did something major happen that is preventing him fulfilling his promise?
Lori Swetala May 16, 2012 at 01:29 PM
What a blow. As a school parent I did take comfort in that promise after the changes in recent years. We need more details and soon...
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Johnny's comment has been deleted as it interferes with our user policy.
Kirsten May 16, 2012 at 02:03 PM
This news really surprises me!
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I would have to assume his decision was not easy. I have a close relationship with all the schools and Principal Fuchs. He was always open with me and when he is able or ready to talk, i'm sure he'll give us the whole rundown. And yes, please, can we avoid using fowl language and threats.
Carla Lindblom May 16, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Thanks Caitlin for the story, however we should not be hearing this information from you... If the school has time to send mass emails out regarding dress code they darn well better find the time to notify parents of this. The school board has some explaining to do. This is not the kind of information I should be reading on social media it is unfair to the students, parents, and community. Extremely disappointed int this school system and administration once again.
Jeffrey J. Salovich May 16, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Agreed Carla. This type of reporting of something that affects parents of children who are entrusted to a school system is a major failure of education. This is what drives parents away from getting involved. The School Board needs to open up real fast here.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I was notified by a community member that kids were tweeting about it. From there, I contacted Principal Fuchs and he confirmed that he had resigned. I don't know how kids were finding out before the school issued a statement. From what I could tell from Twitter (in the tweet above) it started as a rumor and got passed on from there.
Jeffrey J. Salovich May 16, 2012 at 03:24 PM
It happens. Either way, what a sad day in Richfield. I would hope either the Board or Mr. Fuchs says something sooner rather than later to parents.
Carla Lindblom May 16, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I would guess Caitlin it was not a rumor!!!! someone obviously told someone and that is how it spread, regardless when his resignation was given or demanded the parents and the students should have been notified.... unacceptable.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I'm sure we'll get something soon. With these things there are likely some legalities and other things to take care of first.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I'm not disagreeing with you, Carla. I was just letting everyone know how I found out about it. Actually, when I was told the person said he may have resigned, because the tweets were questioning whether it was true. Clearly someone told another, but as far as the kids talking to each other on Twitter, I just meant that the talk started as an unconfirmed rumor.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 06:21 PM
*foul language. not fowl.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Principal Fuchs just released a statement on his resignation. http://richfield.patch.com/articles/joshua-fuchs-releases-statement-on-resignation
Lori Swetala May 16, 2012 at 09:58 PM
For me this just raises more questions. Was he treated fairly? Was there something in the district that did not match his professional goals? Is that something we need to know about? This is the kind of speculation we do not need. Whatever prompted his decision, I respect his need for privacy and that he did not make the decision lightly, however I think we need more information if not from Mr. Fuchs, from the District.
Carla Lindblom May 17, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Caitlin I think you do a great job hopefully you can find more out, because we deserve more as parents and still have heard nothing from the district. From what I have heard from many this was a mutual decision between him and administration more like a forced resignation if it is something else We need to know if the school system is headed in the wrong direction and he left for that reason we deserve to know. But what it says to students and parents is he faced challenges and decided to leave and that is a very poor example of leadership. Again if it's for personal reasons he needs to say that. Saying nothing as the letter showed leaves to much room for speculation and we deserve better.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) May 17, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Thanks Carla. I'm sure once the dust settles a bit, I'll be able to sit down with him. As i said before, there's a process for this kind of stuff. Thanks for reading and to everyone who has gotten involved in the discussion. I really feel that is what Patch is all about.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) 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 (Editor) 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 (Editor) 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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