If the man has a fault it would have to be the extent of his dedication to his job – and all aspects of it. That means attending countless sporting events, meetings, conferences, serving in various leadership capacities in community organizations, working with individual members of the Board of School Trustees, meeting with parents, teachers, and interacting with all the other community stakeholders on an endless list of projects. Sometimes, I wonder if the man ever has any time at home!
And yet he is a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
I think it’s safe to say that he knows more people in this community than many of the natives. He knows who’s related to whom. He knows the countryside like a native, and he understands the power relationships that move and shake the community. He also has a better-than-average grasp of who the naysayers are and how to work with them. More than anything else, Doc is a realist who understands what can be accomplished and what cannot in the arena of public education. More often than not, however, he has succeeded through tact, experience, diplomacy, good judgment, and, when necessary, pounding his shoe on the table a time or two!
I recall one incident worth mentioning. Doc and the members of the board went to every school to explain proposed changes in bus routes, which is one of those topics sure to cause controversy. One fellow came to more than one meeting to essentially badger Doc about the changes. Finally, having taking it longer than most others would, he said, “I’m a patient man, but not forever.” That single comment took care of the problem.
It is good to know that Doc and his wife, Debbie, plan to continue living here after his retirement. I have no doubt that he will remain active in community life. Through his charm and outgoing personality, he has truly made a home for himself in Rush County. That, all by itself, isn’t always an easy task!
That’s –30—for this week.