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Huntingdon School Board makes excellent choice for director’s job

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I applaud the Huntingdon Special School District Board of Education members for their director of schools’ choice.

Dr. Jonathon Kee was chosen in the Jan. 21 board meeting to succeed Pat Dillahunty who has been in the position for 12 years. He was one of there applicants and the only local candidate who sought to lead the school system into the future. Certainly, all three were qualified to do the job, but Dr. Kee was the clear choice.

He is well known in the Huntingdon Special School District and has proven he’s a leader in the educational field. He is the current high school principal and has held the position of principal at the middle school besides being a teacher and high school boy’s basketball coach. He even graduated from Huntingdon High School

After discussion among board members chairman Lee Carter, vice chairman Tim Tucker, Vicki Williams, Morgan Butler, Brittany Foster and Shawn Smith, Dr. Kee received the nomination and unanimous vote for the position.

Board members said they had received calls from teachers voicing their support for Dr. Kee.

He resides in Huntingdon and participates in church and community affairs.

Over the years, it has been my observation that when selecting a  director of school, an in-house candidate or a least someone who is familiar with the school system always fits in best.

These are the ones that knows the heartbeat of the school and the community.

Dr. Kee said this as his objective in his application: “My professional goal is to promote the importance of an education and impact others in a positive way that supports them in reaching their own dreams and aspirations. My decision making is influenced by my spiritual, ethical, and moral beliefs which are essential in creating and sustaining positive relationships and moving others forward.”

This is indeed a difficult time for educators due to so many situations involving COVID-19. But I’m sure Dr. Kee will hit the road running as he moves the Huntingdon Special School District forward to make it one of the best in the state.

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