Thursday, April 20, 2000

Tecumseh superintendent receives favorable review

Tecumseh superintendent receives favorable review
The Ann Arbor News
By Pamela Appea

Tecumseh, Michigan—When former Superintendent Gerry Pound resigned last year amid allegations he sexually harassed a school staff member, the district and the school board weren’t sure how to get the district back on track.

But Tecumseh schools’ current superintendent Richard D. Fauble, has proven his worth after nine months on the job. Trustee Marc Brown said during an evaluation Wednesday.

Brown said some people may have doubted – particularly in the beginning of the school year – whether Fauble would be right for the job.

“I feel proud, I guess, to say ‘We were right, “ Brown said of the decision to hire Fauble.

“Basically he came into a hornet’s nest and calmed things down,” Brown wrote for Fauble’s evaluation notes.

Six board members rated Fauble on categories such as school reconfiguration, public relations, school curriculum and personal leadership skills.

Trustees rated Fauble by choosing one of the following four categories: exceeded expectations, fully met expectations, partially met expectations, and did not meet expectations.

Five trustees said Fabule exceeded expectations, while one said he fully met expectations for his overall performance.

Fabule said he was honored by the praise, but added that now is not the time to rest.

With the ongoing issue of grade reconfiguration in the Tecumseh schools, a new high school coming in fall 2001 and some significant curriculum changes in all of the schools, Fabule said he will be busy working on making the Tecumseh school district “an even better school district.”

Trustees also credited Fabule for working on goals the former superintendent had set.

“Richard has done an outstanding job,” Brown said.

Other board members complimented Fabule on his accessibility and connecting well with students, staff and residents.

The superintendent started a three year contract in August 1999. His current annual salary is $92, 000.

Board President Eduward Tritt said the board will meet later this year to negotiate a possible salary increase for the superintendent.

Pound, the former superintendent, did not admit wrongdoing but agreed to resign last year to settle an accusation of harassment.

Trustees at the time agreed he could continue to be paid through this school year.

Originally published Thursday, April 20, 2000