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Release: Superintendent Slotterback's Statement on Principal Fuchs' Resignation

Dr. Bob Slotterback issues a statement to the community.

After just one year as principal, . with his reasons for the decision. Shortly after, the district placed the following release from Superintendent Bob Slotterback on its website:

RHS Principal Joshua Fuchs Resigns:

On Tuesday afternoon, May 15, 2012, Joshua Fuchs, Principal at Richfield High School, announced his resignation. With the district for just one year, Fuchs emerged from a strong pool of candidates and a process which included interviews with a representative team (including teachers, parents and administrators) and with Superintendent Slotterback.

Fuchs came to Richfield Public Schools from Oakland Technical High School, which is considered the most improved and most popular high school in Oakland due to demonstrated academic success. One Oakland administrator describes Joshua as is in tune with the community and aware of concerns and needs that support sustainable change. That played out in Richfield as well. Joshua has built strong community relationships and will be missed.

In Mr. Fuchs' letter of resignation, he questions whether Richfield is the right match for him. Fuchs states, "This year has been a tremendous amount of learning through the course of the year and I have enjoyed my time in the Richfield community. I wish the Richfield community the best in their continued pursuit of excellence. I look forward to seeing the progress that Richfield makes in the future. I hope that where ever my next leadership position is that I will be able to continue to collaborate with the school district and the community."

Superintendent, Robert Slotterback, continues to admire Mr. Fuchs' unwavering commitment to students. "My primary goal is to empower students with the ability and excitement to learn about new things, deepen understandings and apply critical thinking, which leads to interesting and challenging conversations and refinement of their belief systems," states Fuchs. "While Fuchs' tenure was shorter than anticipated, we have learned much from his presence," adds Superintendent Slotterback.

Richfield Patch will update readers if and when more information or insight becomes available.

amy May 17, 2012 at 09:40 PM
says even less then Mr. Fuchs statement...... we need more. What path is Richfield headed in that he did not want to be a part of. THis is ridiculous.
David Haines May 18, 2012 at 03:51 AM
I have to agree with you amy. This letter is all bun and no beef. The first half tells us what we already know. The next quarter mainly quotes Mr. Fuchs' letter, and the last quarter mostly quotes Fuchs again and otherwise says nothing ("we have learned much from his presence")???? I get it, it's a press release and it's not supposed to say anything. Why don't principals want to stay?
Richfield Commoners United May 18, 2012 at 01:57 PM
The challenges that are before the Richfield school system are huge...The school system is trying hard to turn things around, Doctor Slotterback is committed but when the task before you is a mountain of social issues, then lets have the city elected and residents ask you to drain an ocean on top of it. Like add more students from challenging social economical back grounds and then do it with less money. Richfield is at a tipping point. You can Gage a city by the school system. I hope the city elected and commissioners see a bigger picture and not saddle the school system down any more with other challenges.
Robert May 18, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Reasons they may not want to stay:
Robert May 18, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Why would a principal want to stay in Richfield? The majority of the community has shown it doesn't care about the schools. In the fall, the referendum, providing what would still only be a half way respectable budget, was defeated. The schools were all ready underfunded. Additionally, the City Council and Mayor continue to lower property values and increase the transient population with the push for more and more low income housing. The community needs to help our principals, and the school system in general. They need additional funding, and the City Council need to make it easier and more beneficial to builders to increase the single family homes built in the area.
farmoh1091 May 18, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Okay so the referendum didn't pass. Given up is the first option he come up with. What kinda of sign does that leave on the citizens of Richfield, that all hope is lost?
Richfield Commoners United May 18, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Robert you need to tell this at the next HRA meeting on Monday at 6PM, as they are all grouping together to say lets have more section 42 housing built...We are at a tipping point... Please share your message ,
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) May 22, 2012 at 08:31 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

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