Paruch Rejoins CF Admin Deer Hunters Ready For Monday Opener
Having gained invaluable administrative experience over the last seven years, a former building administrator will be returning to the Central Fulton School District after having been unanimously appointed Tuesday night to serve in the capacity of district superintendent.
Harrisonville area resident Dixie M. Paruch was granted a five-year contract effective February 12, 2013, on a motion by board members Gary Shives and Roger Strait. The motion carried on an 8-0 roll-call vote, with fellow member Hollie Garlock unable to attend the November 13 monthly meeting.
A copy of the contract, which was made available to board members prior to voting, outlines details such as salary requirements, benefits and time off. Paruch is slated to start out the initial year of her contract with a salary of $115,000. Any increases in the remaining years of the contract will be based on evaluations.
Paruch had previously been employed by the district as elementary principal but departed in May of 2005 to accept a principal’s position at the Owen J. Roberts School District. In addition to serving as principal, Paruch also did a stint as assistant superintendent in her three years at the Chester County school.
“I missed my grandson’s first birthday and knew it was time to come home,” Paruch told the “News.” Not long after she accepted her first gig as superintendent an opening occurred at the nearby Fannett Metal School District. In 2010 she was approached by officials at Everett and has subsequently spent 2-1/2 years as their top administrator.
“It was difficult for me to leave in 2005, but, as I look back, it was the best thing I could have done for my career. I grew immensely as an instructional leader,” said Paruch, who admits she always thought she would retire from education while at Everett and hadn’t given much thought to returning home.
“If you would have asked me six weeks ago if I would be coming home, I would have said no. I’m a firm believer that things happen for a reason, and I am coming home for a reason. I will work hard and do my best for students in this district,” she said.
It could likely be her “vested interest” in her home district that allowed her to pull ahead of fellow candidates for Central Fulton superintendent. However, her experiences while working at larger as well as smaller districts with student bodies ranging from 4,900 to 600 are also a feather in her cap.
“It’s been over seven years since I have been in the district and during that time many things have changed. There are new faces I do not know, initiatives I am not aware of that have been implemented,” Paruch stated. “My first goal will be to get reacclimated to the district and all that is happening right now.”
She looks forward to meeting with faculty, board members, students and community leaders to help determine the successes and challenges facing the district and then form goals for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year. “I believe it is important for me to learn as much as possible about the district before setting any changes into motion. We are all under the same microscope of improving student achievement, and my goals will focus around students and what their needs are and will work with all stakeholders to meet those needs,” she concluded.
The Everett Area School District was to take action on Paruch’s resignation last Thursday. Her contracted service to Everett could extend up to 90 calendar days. However, she is slated to attend monthly board meetings in McConnellsburg and remain in constant contact with existing administrators.