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New Principal Hired for Traughber Junior High School

Tarah Fowler will replace retiring principal Dr. Ralph Kober next year, who has served as principal at Traughber since 1996.

Traughber Jr. High School
Traughber Jr. High School

The Community Unit School District 308 Board of Education approved the hiring of Tarah Fowler as principal for Traughber Junior High School on Monday.

Fowler previously served as assistant principal at Blackhawk Middle School in Bensenville. She earned a bachelor of science in criminal justice and a master’s of art in educational administration and teaching from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.

“Ms. Fowler possesses many admirable attributes associated with highly successful leaders,” said Dr. John Sparlin, assistant superintendent for District 308 administrative services. 

He noted that Fowler was the interviewing committee’s “unanimous first choice” for the position, which received nearly 60 applicants. 

Fowler will begin July 1, 2014, following the retirement of Dr. Ralph Kober, who has served as principal at Traughber since 1996. Sparlin said the district is very fortunate to have Fowler’s appointment approved so early in the hiring season. 

“Hiring Ms. Fowler at this time will allow the opportunity for her to meet students, staff, and parents before she takes over on July 1,” he explained. “It also allows for a seamless transition giving Ms. Fowler the opportunity to work with Dr. Kober on 2014-15 school improvement plans.”

Fowler taught at Jefferson and Hardin Middle Schools in Wentzville, Missouri and Frontier Middle School in St. Charles, Missouri before becoming an assistant principal at Holman Middle School in St. Ann, Missouri and at Blackhawk Middle School where she has served since 2012.

Provided by Oswego 308

mike ellison December 12, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Her degrees are in criminal justice and art education, and yet she is considered to be highly qualified? This is also her sixth position in education and they expect her to stick around on this job? This District never ceases to amaze me.
Loreta J. December 12, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Her degree is a master’s of art in educational administration, not a degree in art education. Seems like that qualifies her as far as her education goes. People take new opportunities all the time..usually to better themselves. I don't see that as a flaw at all, but as desire to grow, gain more experience. She has a better/different perspective since she has been involved in different schools, and different environments. Sometimes that's better than someone who only has a single experience.
mike ellison December 12, 2013 at 11:37 PM
She's a job jumper, and that's been a big problem in the District because far too many of these 'opportunists' only stick around for a little while. How about hiring someone whose last job lasted at least 10 years?
Louie December 13, 2013 at 09:42 AM
Not sure what we think we are going to attract.....we want low taxes, so part of that is we underpay compared to what other districts might pay for the same qualified people. If someone said hey you can work at location x for 80k or go to location y 10 miles away from 100k....and that makes you a job jumper, trying to provide for your family.....does that make you a bad person
mike ellison December 13, 2013 at 02:00 PM
I never said she is a bad person- but certainly a bad fit for a District that has had too much job churning. How many more hundreds of millions of dollars do you think we are suppose to pay in order to attract long term help? And if there's a requirement to live in the District, without paying any relocation benefits, then more of these employees would stick around longer. The problem is that far too many districts pay relocation benefits, so these job jumpers can easily move around without incurring any losses on their houses. Most employees in the private sector end up looking for a job that they'd like to stick around and advance internally. Public school employees, especially at the administrative level, have very little loyalty to their districts. The upper level positions overpay them to such an extent that they have no problem leaving their so-called established community to accept a job elsewhere. If a district makes it a policy to only hire locally, and among teachers and staff that aren't going to be relocating, then they'd increase their retention rate.
J Goodsmith December 29, 2013 at 06:20 PM
A policy to hire locally? What if the locals are not qualified, or don't apply? This insular thinking is what got the district into the position it's in now. We need to hire the best and brightest, if they stay 10 years great, if they stay 5 years till Naperville or St. Charles offers them $20k more a year - so be it. The district benefits while they are here. Any requirement to live in the district will only add costs - as in - we will have to pay for relocation. That's not the game we should be in. I also have spoken to many highly talented teachers in our district, none of them are interested in doing anything other than what they are best at - teaching. Yes some will come from our district, but the bulk of administration needs to be brought in from high preforming districts. Promoting someone who is working in a building where 50% of the kids don't meet state standards is not going to cut it.
ayar January 02, 2014 at 10:31 PM
Ironically enough, we have a lot of type 75's teaching in the District looking for a start. Sounds like a win-win, give them the low starting pay with the "work up" the ladder [the American way] and if they stay on, great for us, if they move on, it speaks well of our District, being able to take some "credit" for their training in our District. Instead of hiring some fly-by-night consultant group upping their salaries and our taxes, why don't we do that ? it's a "world class" method
ayar January 02, 2014 at 10:34 PM
And as far as meeting the state standards go, look towards the top, that's where the methods used to teach in the District come from. Look who's on those committees and who votes the direction we go, pay attention to that when the results come in.

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