By: Brittany Arp Junior Co-Editor
Throughout the past several years, Warren County School District has experienced quite a few superintendents for various reasons, and this year is no exception. This fall, the new superintendent will be a familiar face who has been a part of the district for quite some time. Recently, The Squire had the privilege of interviewing Mrs. Amy Stewart, who was recently approved as the future superintendent. Her position will officially start during the 2016-2017 school year, but she has already been serving at the administrative level, which has given her lots of practice for her new job title. Here’s what she had to say:
The Squire: Why did you want to pursue this new position?
Mrs. Amy Stewart: Every employee of the Warren County School District ultimately works to help students in some way. As superintendent, I will be able to directly shape the programs, the facilities, the people, and the supports that make up our school district… all for the purpose of providing the best education possible for the students of this district.
TS: What elements of the school district do you wish to maintain? What elements of the school district are you planning on changing or altering?
AS: I plan to approach this position as I have others in the past. It is often important to listen and assess what is really happening before making any significant changes.
TS: What experience do you have to help prepare you for this position?
AS: I have taught at the elementary and middle level. In addition, I was a technology integration coach throughout the district. I have been working as a district administrator since 2002 with a wide variety of assignments, including “Acting Superintendent.”
TS: How did you get your start in education?
AS: I went to college with an undecided major, but my roommate was an elementary education major. I was really interested in all of the things that she was doing in her classes, and very soon thereafter began to pursue a degree in teaching. I still get excited about the first day of school!
TS: What is your vision for Warren County School District?
AS: In my opinion, I can best serve the district and the students of this district by supporting the district vision.
According to the district website, the school district describes their vision as a basis for, “what can be accomplished by our community working collaboratively toward a common goal of educational excellence.” The staffs of our district encourage students to reach their full potential by providing them with a challenging curriculum. As a result, the school district wishes to see students become productive members of our society.
TS: What are some of the positive aspects of our school district compared to other districts?
AS: I am not sure if people really understand how unique we are as a school district. Being a county-wide school district provides some very unique opportunities for our students and staff to work together. Our Career and Technical Center, the Learning Enrichment Center, and the All County Musicals are all great examples of this.
The Warren County School District has amazing students, hardworking and dedicated staff, and a wide range of academic opportunities for students headed into the work-force, the armed services, or higher education.
TS: Do you plan on spending time in the schools with the students and teachers? If yes, then how so?
AS: As superintendent, being in touch and observing, first hand, what is happening in our schools and classrooms is imperative. I welcome invitations to special events, and you can expect to see me in the buildings regularly.
TS: Over the years, the school district has had a high turnover of superintendents. How do you plan on providing consistency for the school district?
AS: Superintendent turnover is a significant problem throughout the state. It is not limited to Warren County. To be effective, there needs to be a good “fit” between the Board, the Superintendent and the communities served. I am a Warren native, I live here, and my husband and I have raised our family here. I have a vested interest in this district, and I will work hard to provide that consistency.
The Squire thanks Mrs. Amy Stewart for all her time and we can’t wait to see what new and innovative changes she makes to our district.