W-G super hired: Pfister can remove interim for top post title

Chris Pfister can remove interim from his title.

During their meeting Monday, Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members officially hired Pfister officially as its superintendent.

“When I came to Waynesfield, I did not know what to expect,” Pfister said. “I knew there were community issues and obviously financial issues with the recent buy-out and reduction-in-force. I also knew that the board was very concerned with academic achievement and fiscal stability, their top two goals for 2011-12.

“What I found was a very dedicated board and staff, a beautiful new building, leading edge technology, and support for art, music, agriculture, as well as the academic core,” he said.

Board President David Pepple said board members are happy Pfister agreed to stay at W-G and to continue to help move the district forward.

Pfister had been serving as interim superintendent since November after former Superintendent Joann Kerekes announced her resignation to take a post with the state’s Race To the Top program.

Pfister signed a contract through July 31, 2013, at an annual rate of $89,060. Pfister also insisted that their be no pickup by the district on benefits and accepted the least expensive health insurance policy offered due to the districts budget woes.

Pfister, who was a 1975 graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in education, earned his master’s degree at the University of Dayton. He also completed his superintendent certification at the University Dayton.

Pfister served as superintendent of Apollo from 1994-2009. Pfister served as a marketing education instructor and regional adult consultant at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center in Bellefontaine from 1975-1985.

He was also an adjunct instructor in business education at that site from 1979-1985 in the Urbana University off-campus center. He served as director of career-technical programs from 1985-1986 at the Great Oaks Institute of Technology and was director of adult workforce programs from 1986-1994 at Hi-Point before beginning his job at Apollo.

In other business, board members accepted the resignation of media specialist and librarian Kit Horn. Horn accepted a position with Rhodes State College beginning March 23.

“We hate to see her go,” Pfister said. “She has been responsible for upgrading our technical support and implemented the automated checkout system in the library.