Opinion: Thank you, Jene Watkins, for your years of service

May 7, 2010

After spending 47 years in education, Indian Creek Local School District Superintendent Jene Watkins has decided it is time to retire.

Watkins has been involved in the school district for more than 15 years, first serving as principal in 1995, moving to assistant superintendent in 1999, and taking over as superintendent in 2000.

During his time in the school district, Watkins and his staff have worked on various projects that have added to the quality education available in the school district. At Bantam Ridge, the top block in the building was replaced and new windows, lights and air conditioning were installed.

Also, Wayne Elementary, Wintersville Elementary Buchanan, the junior high school and high school all received new windows and doors over the years.

Watkins also oversaw the new multipurpose building at the high school as well as the renovation of the bleachers at the football stadium and wheelchair accessibility issues.

Watkins latest project with the district is the construction of the new junior high school in Mingo Junction. He noted, "this is a great building that will meet the modern needs of the students and be a great addition to the district and the Mingo Junction community."

All in all, Watkins' time with the district has been an ultimate success. He can leave with the satisfaction of knowing he worked hard to move the district forward.

Throughout his career Watkins always was a big believer in the concept of paying forward. He learned that concept from Woody Hayes, his football coach at Ohio State University. When people look back at his career with the Indian Creek school district, they will realize he did indeed accomplish his mission. He paid forward, and the entire district has and will continue to benefit.

We hope Mr. Watkins enjoys his retirement, and we thank him for his years of service.



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