Coming Full Circle is what some may call it, but the Northwest Local School District has just done that.
At Monday night’s school board meeting, the board re-hired Todd Jenkins as the superintendent. Jenkins had been the Superintendent just a year before, but had resigned as superintendent, he remained in the district as a supervisor.
Now, just about a year later, he has taken the reins back and is looking forward to being at the helm and leading the district to a positive place for the board, teachers, students and the entire community.
Keith Crabtree, school board president, spoke about what made the board decide to hire Jenkins back, instead of going with someone outside.
“Part of it was that we are this close to the school year and Todd is already in the system,” Crabtree said. “He knows the district real well. It’s hard for someone to come in this close to the beginning of the school year, not knowing anybody and he’s a seasoned person, which makes the transition much easier with him coming back in this position.”
Both Crabtree and Jenkins said that both the board and Jenkins had in depth conversations on relationships, communications and moving the district forward.
“We wanted to get to know where exactly we stood in different issues and what we would have to look at with him, coming in especially with the time crunch, that we were under,” Crabtree said. “In the end, it made sense, to bring Todd back and get things going as quick as we could. We were caught off-guard with Dana (Pollock) leaving and we were not expecting this.”
Crabtree shared that when Jenkins had left the last time, that he felt, he needed a break and sometimes you have to step away from somethings and look at it from a different perspective and that he thinks he’s done that and thinks this is what he really wants to do now.
“It’s a little different, him coming back this time than the last time,” Crabtree said. “I think he is looking at things different than before. I think that is part of why our interview process took so long, so as to make sure he was able to deal with things because, if he did come back, he needed to know we weren’t going to be going through a rotation. There were a lot of issues that we sat and discussed with him, prior to hiring him
“I think when he steps back into this position, he knows where he’s at, he knows the district, and I think he’s a little more prepared to handle things in the district. It’s good to get a different look at things and I think from the position he was in, he got to see the other side of things. Coming back now, he has more of an appreciation for what everybody else puts into the district and that will also make him a better superintendent as well, having looked at it from the other side.”
Jenkins talked about his being re-hired as the Northwest School District Superintendent.
“Having that time to get out and step back, It gives you an opportunity to get out in the district to talk to people, who would normally not necessarily tell you things, when you are superintendent, they would not tell you just because of the title,” Jenkins said. “Not having that title, allowed individuals to open up a little bit more. Sometimes as superintendent, you get caught up in elements of the job, you loose sight sometimes. or you necessarily don’t get to talk to sometimes.
“That was a positive thing that allowed me to reconnect and allowed me to re-evaluate myself as a superintendent. I feel after meeting with the board, we have a good understanding of a goal we want to accomplish. We are going to look at some things as a team, as far as the board and myself working as a team, that will allow all of us to reflect and pull back together and become one unit to provide the best education we can for our students.”
Reach: Kim Jenkins 740-353-3101 ext. 1928