Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor
Thursday, 06 June 2013 08:28
After 12 years with Bowling Green Schools, Martha Fether has decided to retire.
|Martha Fether (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Fether's last day with the district, as principal at Kenwood Elementary, will be June 28.
She has spend 12 years in Bowling Green, starting with eight years as principal at Crim Elementary, and has 31 years in education.
She surprised a lot of people with her decision to retire this year, instead of waiting another year as she had planned.
The school board accepted her retirement at a special meeting Tuesday.
"It really came as a surprise," said Superintendent Ann McVey.
She added that the open position has already been posted.
Fether said she made her decision about three weeks ago.
That decision had many factors.
"These state mandates. I've never seen such instability at the Ohio Department of Education in having us do mandates then changing them."
The negativity of the school district's last levy, which failed, also was a deciding factor.
"I've never seen that before in this district. That got me thinking about it."
She added, "Somebody told me you know when you're ready. This is a good time for me to go."
What will she miss?
"The kids" she said without missing a beat. "Absolutely the kids."
And, "It's fun to see teachers grow as leaders."
Also, "I love talking with the parents, too."
"I'll guess I'll miss all of it," she said with a laugh.
She plans to devote more time to playing golf and tennis, doing a lot of biking, and spending time in her garden.
Her two children are moving, one from Cincinnati to Lexington, Ky., and the other to a new house in Archbold. She figures she'll be helping out with those moves, as well.
Her mother, age 97, lives in an assisted living complex in Adrian, Mich., and Fether plans to spend more time with her.
She also is planning to do a lot of volunteer work.
What she won't do is move out of Bowling Green.
"I love Bowling Green. We really like it here."
And it's a perfect location as her husband, Michael, is a baseball official and does a lot of games in this area.
"It's been great," she said about her years in the school district. "Bowling Green is a great school (district) to work for."
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2013 14:10