Dorathy ready for district’s challenges
After celebrating the Fourth of July last week, Paul Dorathy began his first week as the new superintendent of the Baldwin School District.
Dorathy started his new job on July 5 and has been on the go every day.
"It's been very, very busy, but that's kind of what I expected," Dorathy said. "I am learning as I am going with some things. I haven't had to worry about being bored."
School Board President Alison Bauer is optimistic about the future with Dorathy.
"It was excellent," Bauer said of Monday's school board meeting. "Change is always refreshing, so it was very interesting to have someone else up there with us. He is going to do a great job."
Most of the business that he is trying to take care of was expected, like the budget and personnel issues.
"A few things are keeping me busy," Dorathy said. "First, I am trying to get to know the budget and get it prepared. I am looking at staffing. I am also trying to meet individually with all of the administrators and directors in the district. I also want to meet with all of the people at the district office. I want to get to know everybody and get some background on what our biggest needs are."
Another couple of Dorathy's goals for the first few weeks are learning the district's policy and catching up on the recent happenings around the district.
"My priority is to learn how everybody is working and what they do," Dorathy said. "I want to make myself really familiar with the district policy. Other things that I want to get accomplished are getting to know everybody in the district, what kind of job they do and what their job is exactly. I am working on a few of these facility things that we have going on."
One of the facility projects is the ball fields near the Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center. The dirt work for the fields began recently and Dorothy is trying to get caught up with that plan.
"I know there is some dirt work being done out by the intermediate center," Dorathy said. "I need to find out what all that entails, because that is kind of a thirds deal with the city, recreation commission and the school district."
The chance to be a part of new and exciting challenges is one reason that Dorathy wanted the job as superintendent in Baldwin City.
"That's part of the reason I wanted this job, because of the challenges that we would deal with here," Dorathy said. "Those challenges have to do with budget, staffing, what we are teaching and when we are teaching it. That's a lot of the reason I wanted this job, because it brings about good challenges."
During his first few weeks, Dorathy hopes to meet many community members, either at a meet-and-greet tonight or next week at a district-sponsored event. The reception tonight is sponsored by the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce. It will be from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Lodge. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door, with proceeds going to the Baldwin Education Foundation. There will be an open house to meet Dorathy from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 20 at the District Office. It is a free event and refreshments will be served.
"I am trying to get to know the people in the community," Dorathy said. "The chamber of commerce has set up a meet and greet. I am hopeful that I can meet more of the public at the later one."
Since being hired in March, Dorathy has been busy trying to finish out his time at his previous district, Southern Lyon County, while trying to prepare for this job. He said he has been ready to become the superintendent here, because of the challenges that await him.
"I have been anticipating getting started with this job and all that it entails," Dorathy said. "I knew there were lots of things that needed to be done. I have been anticipating this quite a bit."
Since moving here, Dorathy has liked the community and the distance to certain places.
"I really like it," Dorathy said. "I have been in and out since the middle of June," Dorathy said. "I really like that the market is a few minutes away and I don't have to drive 20 minutes to a market. There are restaurants close by. I like the community and my neighborhood."