MOUNT VERNON — After nearly five decades as an educator — 47 years to be exact — John Jurkowitz is calling it a day, and students, colleagues, former colleagues and community members turned out Monday to wish him well.
Jurkowitz started his career as a speech and drama teacher at Franklin High School in Warren County. He then taught social studies at Fairfield High School in Butler County and in 1978 moved to Highland Junior High School in Morrow County where he served as assistant principal and subsequently as principal. Jurkowitz was the superintendent of Danville Local Schools from 1988 to 1997, then worked in the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children. His latest stint, since 2002, has been as gifted and enrichment coordinator with the Knox County Educational Service Center.
“We hate to see him go,” said ESC board president Richard McLarnan. “He has been a blessing to gifted programs. He has organized the county spelling bee, speech and debate contests, mentorship for leadership program, YES! concerts, Kenyon mentor program and the summer honors program; things other people don’t take time to do. He has also been the primary fundraiser for those activities.”
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