FAIRMONT — Joe Brown is leaving the Fairmont Area College District following shelling out the very last 11 several years as superintendent.
Brown very first arrived to Fairmont in 2010. Initially from Iowa, he labored a selection of jobs ahead of turning out to be a school superintendent. His occupations involve a rock ‘n’ roll drummer, machinist in a factory, large college govt instructor, two-expression Iowa state senator, deal painter, and marketing and revenue for UNISYS, which introduced him to Minnesota.
“When we moved to Minnesota in 1993, we moved to Mankato. There was an posting in the Mankato Free Press, since of the way the legislature improved the retirement programs in this article in Minnesota, they predicted within just two many years there would be hundreds of training careers and hundreds of administrative work,” Brown explained.
Brown went back again to school and received his principal’s license. He worked 10 years serving 4 diverse school districts: Barnum, LeSueur-Henderson, Chicago International Charter College and Austin Higher College.
“Then I went to develop into a superintendent. I served at Grand Meadow for 5 a long time and then I came listed here in 2010,” Brown said.
Long-time university board member Julie Laue was on the board that hired Brown.
“When he interviewed, he was psyched and he had some great encounter. He had some ideas for Fairmont presently and we could feel that he would be a great suit,” Laue reported.
Laue reported that Brown’s outgoing temperament and capability to join with persons has tested useful for the district.
“He’ll definitely be skipped in the district,” Laue claimed.
In his to start with 12 months in the Fairmont district, Brown slice $1.4 million and 40 employment.
“It was hard, but we required to correct the funds,” Brown reported.
When Brown bought listed here there were being 5 university structures, Lincoln, Budd, 5 Lakes Elementary, the Fairmont Large Faculty and the district office was in the SMEC making. With the assistance and support of the board, there are now two, which Brown states is economically economical.
Brown also was instrumental in bringing back the district’s vocational programs.
“Since I’ve been right here, we have applied 5 diverse academies. The very first just one we did was welding. We now have 20 welding booths. Then the agriculture academy, which was funded by neighborhood donations. Which is not only the classroom, but the greenhouse, the 40 apple trees and the outside gardens,” Brown said.
Up coming they brought in the automotive academy, the culinary arts academy and now they are operating on expanding the building trades academy.
“The sixth one will come about right after I’m absent, but when the new creating is designed we’ll employ the HVAC academy,” Brown mentioned.
In February, a $6.7 million bond for an expanded vocational building passed with 67 p.c voter approval.
Bob Bonin is a CTE teacher for Fairmont Higher School. He claimed the great matter about Brown as an administrator is that he’s usually seeking out for what is best for the pupils.
“I assume he experienced the vision that we experienced to look for wherever employment trends are at. In the whole point out all people is conversing about how we really don’t have enough expert workers and Joe experienced the foresight to see that we would need to have to coach young ones in the trades all over again,” Bonin said.
Bonin discussed the the college experienced provided some lessons prior to Brown coming to the district, but when Brown came it authorized them to get new products to put together children for the potential, alternatively than for the past.
“The growth arrived underneath Joe and now all of the schools throughout Minnesota are indicating ‘Hey, what is likely on in Fairmont? Why are they now leading?’ but that is simply because we experienced the eyesight of if we establish it, superior factors are heading to transpire,” Bonin mentioned.
Brown said what he’s most very pleased of is that Fairmont is the only in depth high faculty in the county.
“There’s 24 faculty courses taught in this article, 23 sport groups in this article, 5 vocational academies and a fantastic band, choir, orchestra, speech and drama office.”
Brown credits the aforementioned to the steadiness in the district.
“We have definitely excellent faculty board customers that have been pretty beneficial and progressive. We have stable enrollment and we’ve continued to broaden our applications,” Brown mentioned.
Brown was slated to retire at the conclusion of the 2021-22 college calendar year, when his existing contract was up. Having said that, he resigned a 12 months early to just take a occupation as an interim superintendent at an additional district in Iowa.
“The district is in my previous senate seat. I represented the space. That was 38 years back and the district has improved a good deal. It is exploding in terms of expansion,” Brown reported.
Brown also said he feels strongly that where ever you are in daily life you have to have to sense essential.
“I really do not sense necessary in this article any more. I have done what I can to help this district increase and extend. The parts we need to grow in is to improve educational accomplishment,” Brown mentioned.
Brown stated he feel his strengths are in public relations, political expertise, potential to function with a price range and skill to recruit new instructors, and that his weakest regions are curriculum and instruction.
“The neat matter about Andy getting over is that he has all of people abilities I have, moreover a excellent qualifications in training and instruction,” Brown claimed of Fairmont new superintendent, Andy Traetow. “I knew it would be an simple changeover mainly because we experienced anyone on workers that plainly is competent and licensed to choose in excess of and guide the district in a much better way.”
Brown claimed leaving Fairmont is bittersweet. He explained he’ll skip the sporting activities group, as he’s been a frequent spectator at many different sporting events and other extracurriculars.
“I have a large amount of Cardinal gear,” he explained with a chuckle.
“Fairmont has been so great to me. Of all the districts I’ve worked in, this is the finest school board that I’ve worked with. This town has so a great deal going for it. My desire for Fairmont is that we can get extra people to get the job done near alongside one another in a favourable and progressive way to continue to enrich the local community,” Brown said.