After 26 years in education, with the last six of them serving in the Van-Far R-I School District, Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter announced his plans to retire during the board meeting held last Thursday night.
The School Board accepted his resignation, as the administrator will serve the district until his retirement date of June 30, 2019.
“I really wanted to give the board an opportunity to be in front of the market once I made the decision on what I wanted to do,” he said. “We’re excited about it.”
His career began in Iowa and was followed by working four years with a publishing company before working several positions at the Bowling Green district from 1994-2000.
He then served as either assistant principal or principal in the Troy district from 2000-2013 before coming to Van-Far.
“The thing you miss the most is seeing the kids be successful and seeing the kids achieve some things they didn’t think they could achieve,” he noted.
Some discussion was held regarding the possibility of placing accomplishment signs on the city limit signs around the district.
It was noted that the City of Vandalia would consider a cost share on signs for its part of the district.
The discussion then went from the city limits to adding additional signs or adding onto the current state championship sign located in the front entrance area of Van-Far Jr./Sr. High School.
“I will tell the city that at this time, we are looking at putting signs on our property,” Superintendent Dr. Hunter noted.
Sign options and placement were discussed as the superintendent will get quotes for sign options on the school property.
He also discussed electronic signage, elementary parking lot options, and storage containers.
Board member Jim Hopke talked about a storage container that Harbison Walker is willing to donate to the school.
Superintendent Dr. Hunter also provided further information and updates on recycle pickup and new gravel on the football walkway.
Read the rest of the Van-Far School Board meeting story in the September 26 issue of The Vandalia Leader.