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School Board Names New Superintendent

Posted by Alan on January 27, 2016 2:54 PM | (Not Filed) |

Matt Wendt.pngAfter collectively spending hundreds of hours recruiting applicants, interviewing dozens of leads and references by phone, and spending more than 15 hours in executive session interviewing candidates and discussing their possible fit with Fayetteville, the Fayetteville Board of Education has selected Dr. Matthew A. Wendt to be the next superintendent of the Fayetteville Public Schools. Dr. Wendt is currently the superintendent in Oswego, IL, heading a district of more than 18,000 students. The Fayetteville Board of Education voted unanimously to name Wendt as the new superintendent, pending the successful negotiation of a contract.

The board started with an applicant pool of more than 30 interested school administrators and narrowed the list to six candidates to interview, ultimately interviewing five after one withdrew before the interview was conducted. The initial list included superintendents from around the country, including at least two who had been named superintendent of the year in their respective states.

Board president Tim Hudson stated, "We are fortunate to have had such a strong applicant pool, and I appreciate the work this board did in researching and interviewing candidates. I am especially grateful to our current superintendent, Dr. Paul Hewitt, for his invaluable advice and for helping recruit or recommend a number of the top applicants. The board is confident that in Dr. Wendt we have found a leader who will embrace the district's strategic plan that is being developed and build on our strengths to take Fayetteville Public Schools to national prominence."

Dr. Wendt and his wife will visit Fayetteville next week.  Welcome!!

Kindergarten Registration for the 2016-17 School Year

Posted by Alan on January 12, 2016 10:56 AM | (Not Filed) |


Kindergarten registration for the 2016-17 school year will be held on Thursday, February 18 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at your child's elementary school. Online Kindergarten Roundup forms can be found under Quick Links on our district web page.

Your child must be five years of age by August 1, 2016 to enroll in kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year.

TO REGISTER, parents should bring the following items to school on Thursday, February 18:

  • Current proof of residence (utility bill or rental agreement)
  • State birth certificate
  • Immunization record
  • Social Security card
  • NOTE: a physical exam is required within 90 days of enrollment.

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