SPENCERVILLE — The search is on for a new superintendent for Spencerville schools.
Dennis Fuge is retiring at the end of February. Fuge first brought up his desire to retire at the August board meeting and solidified that decision in the September board meeting.
“I have aging parents that I would like to see more of. They live down in the Troy and Piqua area. I have some grandkids now. You know, 39 years is a long time,” said Fuge.
The 61-year-old Fuge has spent the entirety of his 39 years in education in the Spencerville district, serving the last six as superintendent, taking over for former superintendent Joel Hatfield.
Fuge was a high school teacher for 14 of those years, a middle school principal for another 14 years, a K-8 principal for three years, and a K-6 principal for two years.
He’s also held positions of athletic director, faculty manager, head baseball coach, assistant varsity football coach, junior high football coach, freshman football coach, freshmen boys basketball coach, junior varsity girls basketball coach, junior high softball coach, junior high girls track coach, special education officer, assistant transportation director, OSHA compliance officer and summer maintenance worker.
The school district is taking applications for the superintendent’s position. The application deadline is Oct. 25, with interviews of prospective candidates expected to begin the week of Nov. 11.
Craig Kupferberg, superintendent of the Allen County Educational Service Center, is assisting the Spencerville school board with its search.
Fuge said he’s not ruling out coming back in some way if he’s needed.
“I’ve talked to the board, maybe next year I might get on the sub list and sub here at Spencerville a couple of days a week, help them out,” he said. “I’ve got plenty to keep me busy.”
Fuge said he’s also relishing the day he won’t have to deal with weather delays or closings.
“Come March the second, if it’s foggy out, I’m still going to be in bed sleeping,” Fuge said with a chuckle, after the district needed a three-hour fog delay Monday morning.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.