Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fox C-6 Announces New Superintendent Dr. James Wipke

Dr. James Wipke was announced as the next superintendent of the Fox C-6 School District at last night's board of education meeting. Dr. Wipke will officially start on July 1, 2015. Dr. Wipke is currently working in the Rockwood School District.

I have received emails and messages from friends and family that are either friends with Dr. Wipke or have had children in school where he was principal. They all spoke very highly of him.

The committee members and Fox C-6 board of education made an excellent choice in choosing Dr. James Wipke.

I introduced myself to Dr. Wipke after the meeting and told him that I had received an email from a mutual friend that spoke very highly of him and that I look forward to working with him. I mentioned that I had been working for many years to improve the transparency in our district and that things had improved.

Dr. Wipke spoke about fear in his presentation. I told him that some of the fear in our district was due to the lack of transparency and not knowing what was going on in the district.

Dr. Wipke also stated during his presentation that he wants the community to hold him accountable.

Everyone in the Fox C-6 community should listen to his presentation that I have posted below:

Below is a copy of the email that was sent to all of the parents and staff in the Fox C-6 School District announcing Dr. Wipke's selection.

Dear Parents and Families:

The Fox C-6 School District Board of Education is pleased to announce that Dr. James Wipke has been hired as Superintendent for the 2015-2016 school year.  Dr. Wipke currently serves as Executive Director of Secondary Education for Rockwood School District, a position he has held since 2011.

“We are excited to fill the superintendent’s post with a person of Dr. Wipke’s caliber,” stated Board President John Laughlin.  “Our board was favorably impressed with all the candidates we considered, and highly impressed with the candidates we interviewed.  Dr. Wipke’s accomplishments and educational achievements make him the perfect candidate for the job.”

Dr. Wipke received his BS degree from Harris-Stowe State College.  He has a MA degree in Education, and a MA degree in Administration.  His doctorate degree from Maryville University is in Educational Leadership.

During his 22 years in education, Dr. Wipke has served as an elementary and middle school teacher in the Rockwood School District, a middle school assistant principal in the Parkway School District, a middle and high school principal and Executive Director of Secondary Education in the Rockwood School District.

“Dr. Wipke has the education, experience, strength of character, and vision to lead the Fox School District into the future,” said John Laughlin.  “We look forward to a smooth transition and are anxious for Dr. Wipke to meet the students, teachers, parents, staff and the entire Fox Schools community.”

Dr. Wipke will be introduced at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.  Please join in welcoming Dr. Wipke to Fox C-6 School District.

John Laughlin,
President, Fox School District Board of Education