2010-09-30 / Local & State

Dr. Hine Takes Helm At FCCCS

Serving as interim administrator
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Dr. Louise Hine Dr. Louise Hine Dr. Louise Hine’s warm welcome at Fulton County Community Christian School was like “coming home.”

Having retired as McConnellsburg Elementary principal in June 1997, Hine recently returned to the workforce as interim administrator at the Needmore-based school that boasts enrollment numbers of 55 students in grades K-4 and 12.

Certainly not a newcomer at the school or the educational system, Hine has been involved in numerous capacities, including with the school’s Star Program, which is aimed at achieving accreditation. Serving as program chair for the last several years, Hine has been meeting with both teachers and administrators on a frequent basis to help the school through the accreditation phase.

“I’ve enjoyed the interaction and hearing about the school’s goals and mission,” said Hine of her duties through the Star Program. Since the school’s establishment in 1998, Hine has also helped with lunch monitoring, tutoring and library services.

Hine stated she was “very pleased” to have been asked by the board of directors to serve as interim administrator until the position is permanently filled. Quickly jumping into the roll this summer, Hine pointed out the family atmosphere at Fulton County Community Christian School was in many ways like coming home. From their morning devotions to the abundance of interaction with parents, students and faculty, she was “welcomed with open arms.”

Viewing the 2010-11 school year as a time of “rebuilding,” Hine pointed out the school is already making a lot of progress and has managed to find a remedy for a variety of issues ranging from decreasing revenue and online education to limited staff. The cure has resulted in both new and exciting changes for both students and staff, which dropped from 13 to eight full-time teachers and numerous volunteers.

The school, according to Hine, will be offering several classes online this year, including Spanish, pre-calculus, calculus and physics, to help offset its limited staff numbers. In addition, with assistance from Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11, a tower and dish will allow for an increase in Internet speed and capabilities.

Excited and hopeful the changes will rally the community and bolster involvement and much-needed prayers, the school’s Booster Club is already hard at it this fall with a full slate of activities and fundraisers. Vittles Along The Trail will again kick off the club’s schedule of events during the Fulton Fall Folk Festival and will be followed by the Dale Gordon Memorial 5K Run/Walk and car show. On November 13, the much-anticipated, annual Christmas dinner and auction will be held, while other offerings throughout the school year include a Super Bowl soup and sandwich sale, ham and chicken potpie dinner, a pancake breakfast and Easter egg hunt.

Hine concluded she was happy to “hang around for a while” as the school’s board of directors widens its search for a permanent administrator. “I’ve missed talking to kids and working with teachers,” said Hine.

A native of Fayette County, Hine taught at Brady Henderson Elementary School in Mill Creek, Huntingdon County, for a period of 10 years working with various grade levels and as a reading specialist prior to coming to Mc- Connellsburg Elementary in 1976 on an internship. She quickly stepped into the full-time role of elementary principal, which earned her the designation of first female administrator in Fulton County.

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