What a Wild Ride

Happy New Year’s Eve! Many of us are ready to turn the page on 2020. It has been a year that has seen political, social, and economic shifts that some people do not experience in their entire lifetime. We managed to cram that all together during a global pandemic. It has been a wild ride! […]

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Silver Linings

Each year communities welcome the holiday season. The time from Thanksgiving through the New Year allows for people to appreciate all that has happened over the last twelve months. They bring traditions and connections for families, schools, and friends. This year is obviously different. We have been saying that for nine months. Last week, I […]

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Congratulations Carol!

The year 2020 has been a year to remember. For most people, it will be a year they would like to forget. However, in Fairbanks Local Schools one person that will be especially happy to see January 1st is Carol Stillings.  Carol will be retiring on December 31, 2020. That will be her last official […]

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A Uniontown Thanksgiving

There is an old coal mining town southeast of Pittsburgh and north of Morgantown, West Virginia called Uniontown, PA. This town was founded on July 4, 1776. It grew during the heights of the coal and steel industry in western Pennsylvania. Route 40, the first national road, runs through the heart of this town.  This […]

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Learning Level 2

On Friday, November 20, 2020, the Fairbanks Local Board of Education voted to transition to Learning Level 2 following Thanksgiving Break. Each member of our school community wants students in school as much as possible. The current COVID-19 conditions in our community make 100% of students in the building terribly challenging. Potential transmission, quarantines, and […]

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One Year Later

Do you remember what you were doing on November 14, 2019? I remember that day differently than many other days in my life. That morning I woke up and went to work. I was sitting in a morning meeting when my mother called to tell me that my father passed away overnight. The call came […]

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Doubt

Last week our students began returning to school full-time. This is the first week since mid-March that our school district had every K-12 student on campus at the same time. We have been on a roller coaster since the spring and it will likely continue to be for the near future.  Personally, I am a […]

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Responsibility -vs- Authority

On Friday, October 2 I took a personal day off. My nephew and godson was being confirmed that evening. I spent the day with my family and had some time to myself. The time to myself was primarily doing chores. During my time in the yard, I listened to a great podcast on “Responsibility versus Authority”.  […]

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Community Connect

Last year, our board president and I had a conversation about goal setting for my first year at Fairbanks. I established three key goals: Improve academic performance Be fiscally responsible Earn the trust and credibility of school district stakeholders Over the summer, while planning for the school year, my board president asked what my personal […]

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