Schools leader to retire

Fruitland School District Superintendent Teresa Fabricius, center, refers to her document on suggested changes to district policy during the Fruitland School Board’s monthly regular meeting on June 10, 2019. She plans to retire at the end of this school year.

After nearly 30 years of working with Fruitland School District, Superintendent Teresa Fabricius has announced her retirement, effective July 1. 

During the Fruitland School District Board of Trustees’ meeting on Jan. 13, the board accepted Fabricius’ retirement letter. 

Hired on as superintendent of Fruitland School District on April 9, 2012, Fabricius took over the role previously filled by Alan Felgenhauer.

A graduate of Fruitland High School, Fabricius was the Fruitland High School achievement specialist before being hired as superintendent. Before that, she was a school counselor and district testing coordinator for 19 years in Fruitland School District.

“Serving as superintendent of this district has been a tremendous honor,” Fabricius wrote in the letter, obtained by the Independent-Enterprise via a public records request. “I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed and appreciated working with [the Board of Trustees], with our staff with our students and parents, and with members of the community. Working together we have all contributed to improvements and progress of which we can be very proud of; efforts in early education and literacy, district culture, student and staff safety, student academic achievement, student activities, graduation rate, grounds and facilities, community relationships, and more. I have said many times that our successes are not accidental — they are the result of hard work by many individuals, both past and present. I am honored to have been a part of that work.”

Chairman Kelly Henggeler issued a statement from the Board of Trustees on Tuesday afternoon. In it, he acknowledges Fabricius for helping Fruitland School District become one of the first districts in the state with all-day kindergarten, and for helping Fruitland School District receive accolades from groups, including U.S. News & World Report and MaxPreps. 

“On behalf of the students, faculty and Fruitland community the Board of Trustees would like to express our deep appreciation to Teresa Fabricius for her many years of service to the Fruitland School District and more specifically the last eight years as Superintendent… She has led by example and has represented Fruitland School District with a high degree of professionalism. Her attention to detail and confidence to utilize professional resources to ensure the district follows State and Federal mandates is exemplary…

“We wish Teresa and her husband Jon all the best in their future endeavors.” 

Fabricius, in her retirement letter, wrote that she intends on helping the school board in the hiring process for the next superintendent. 

“I care deeply about this district and community and look forward to seeing its future success and progress.” 

Henggeler said the board will also be working with the Idaho State School Board Association to get that role filled, and will hopefully have made a decision before the end of the current school year.

Nik Streng is the sports reporter for the Argus Observer. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a master's degree in journalism, after graduating from Pacific University in 2013 with a degree in creative writing.

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