By: Lexie Crawford
At the school board meeting on Monday, March 13th, 2017, superintendent Gene Kirchner announced his retirement. This will impact many in the district, but none more than Mr. Kirchner himself.
Before Mr. Kirchner came to Fort Thomas, he worked in four other school districts as a teacher, coach, guidance counselor, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. He originally came to Fort Thomas in September of 2010, as the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning. He became Superintendent in March of 2012, and has served in that capacity until now. He will officially retire on June 30, 2017 after 34 years in public education.
Under Mr. Kirchner’s leadership, the Fort Thomas Independent School District accomplished great things. Mr. Kirchner said, “I am very proud of what we have accomplished during my time in Fort Thomas. Our students and staff are excelling at very high levels. Indeed, student achievement is at an all-time high.” The facilities in Fort Thomas, especially Woodfill, Highlands, and, Moyer have had drastic improvement. Fort Thomas is currently leading Kentucky in the way of 21st century skills and the digital conversion, leading the state in national recognition. All of these accomplishments have led to opportunities for students that haven’t existed before. Mr. Kirchner said, “It’s been a treat for me to be involved in making these things happen.”
With Mr. Kirchner’s retirement, a new superintendent will be needed. He is hopeful that the next superintendent will be a “visionary leader who understands the need for continuous improvement.” He thinks it is important for the district to continue moving forward and providing students with a world-class education. He has confidence in the board of education and he is sure they will find someone who will take the students and staff to new heights. Mr. Kirchner said, “The future is bright for Fort Thomas.”