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CCSS Names New Superintendent

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Jason Fountain headshotBDr. Jason Fountain has been named as the next superintendent of the Central Community School System, replacing Mike Faulk when he steps down at the end of 2017. The unanimous vote by the School Board came in last week’s meeting.
 
Fountain began his career in 1995, teaching middle school math in Alabama, and spent six years in academic counseling at the college level. He came to Central in 2009 and served as the Assistant Principal at Tanglewood Elementary until 2012, as the Principal of Central Middle School from 2012-2016, and as the Director of Middle and High School Curriculum and Instruction since 2016. Fountain was one of three applicants for the superintendent position.
 
When asked about the future of the school system Fountain explained “I gave the School Board a proposed five-year plan which we need to start working on early in 2018. It can’t be my plan, and it shouldn’t be just the School Board’s plan, it should be us working together with the people in the community making a decision on where we are going. If we can’t all buy in to it, and everyone is not a part of it, then it’s not going to work.”
Speaking about his goals, Central’s newly-named Superintendent shared “I have a number of over-arching goals, and these start and end with student achievement. Until we each 100% graduation, we have not reached our goal. And, it’s not just about graduating, but graduating students who are either college or career ready.”
 
Fountain continued “Another important goal is having a strong leadership team for the school district. It’s not about me, it’s about our team. I want people around me who will challenge me and push me and make us all better. We need to recruit and retain the best teachers and staff in the state.”
 
Asked about his oft-repeated phrase of “World Class School System”, Fountain explained “To be a world class school system we must excel in all areas, not just academics, but also in arts and athletics.” In his public interview for the position, Fountain emphasized that Central’s focus can’t be Academics OR Arts OR Athletics, it must be Academics AND Arts AND Athletics, but that student achievement in academics must always be the priority. Fountain steps in as Central’s superintendent on January 1, 2018.
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