FREDERICKTOWN – The Fredericktown School Board started off as a regular meeting Tuesday at Fredericktown High School and then it turned into a sendoff for outgoing school superintendent Matt Chrispin midway through.
Chrispin had announced at the end of April that he was leaving and taking the superintendent position at Bucyrus High School. Since Tuesday’s meeting was his last, the board and several staff members and visitors spoke about how much he meant to them during the meeting.
Chrispin took the floor at the halfway point of the regular meeting and gave his Superindendent’s Report and Consent Agenda.
He mentioned in his reports about the high school’s exemplary graduation rate and the preparations for his last graduation ceremony at Fredericktown, which is Friday night.
Also during his time, he set in motion approvals of several resignations of staff members and he approved a new administrative contract for high school principal Kim Radulovich. He also started motions to add several teachers and staff members for the upcoming summer school session, including several custodians, and approved the new student/athletic handbook and parent/student handbooks.
Chrispin took the last few minutes of his time to announce how happy he was that a Fredericktown junior had accumulated enough credits and grades to graduate one year early and asked the board to recognize and start a middle school golf team for next year.
After the outgoing superintendent finished, the next immediate item on the agenda was the Board Consent Agenda, which was to approve Chrispin’s resignation, effective on May 31.
Board President Jim Blanchard got to Item 11a, which was a motion to approve the resignation, which was approved, and then he advanced to the Item 11c, which was not listed or mentioned in any of the agenda.
The fictional Item 11c was an excuse for Blanchard to retrieve a good-bye card and gift for Chrispin which he presented to him in front of the board and other attendees. Part of the gift had the school’s crest on it, which was something that Chrispin had instituted early in his six-year career at Fredericktown.
“The last couple weeks since the announcement have been very surreal,” Chrispin said. “Its bittersweet being around and knowing that you’re kind of at the train station but you’re not getting on the train this time. I’ve had tons of reflections and one of them was, the pains that I’m feeling are probably a good thing. It means I did the job right and I got invested. I’m leaving with so many memories. The people, the kids, events, amazing central office staff. I’m very humbled. Very grateful. I’ll always be part Freddie.”