Archive for Thursday, March 9, 2006

Dorathy looking for new challenge

March 9, 2006

Looking for a new challenge, Paul Dorathy, Southern Lyon County superintendent, came to Baldwin City last Thursday for an interview for the superintendent job opening in the Baldwin School District.

Dorathy was the second of four interviews that the Baldwin Board of Education held last week. He was brought in for a full day of interviews and tours, as every candidate was.

"I have had a wonderful day," Dorathy said Thursday. "It's a wonderful town. I really like the culture part of the town, like the art galleries and antique stores. I have really been impressed with the schools. I like the facilities, both the newer and older ones. I have seen a lot of really good things here."

At his reception Thursday afternoon, Dorathy talked about how he improved his district's technology. He also said that would be a goal of his if he was hired at Baldwin.

"Integrating technology into our education is a main priority of mine," Dorathy said. "They have done some very good things here in Baldwin City, but you can always improve and I want to see them grow. You can never keep up with technology, but it would be a priority of mine if I came here."

Dorathy also talked about his reasons for applying for the job opening, which included wanting a new challenge.

"The main reasons for applying for this job are, one, the community," Dorathy said. "It's a great community and would be wonderful to live in. Two, the reputation that the school district has as being a strong educational leader in Kansas.

"Third, I am looking for a bigger challenge," he said. "The challenges and issues this district will deal with in the next few years are exactly what I am looking for. I want to deal with challenges in my job."

Dorathy said he really liked the school district.

"I really enjoyed meeting the staffs and talking to the administrators one on one," Dorathy said. "I enjoyed seeing the students. It looks like they have good educational facilities. I had a good experience."

He also said he liked the size of Baldwin and the relationship with Baker University and the school district.

Dorathy is in his ninth year at Southern Lyon County. He was principal at Olpe High School for one year and is now in his eighth year as the superintendent of the district.

Dorathy also taught science at Emporia High School for nine years. He grew up in Emporia and attended Emporia State University. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in chemistry and earth science and his Master's Degree in educational administration from ESU.

The school board hopes to make a decision on its choice for superintendent very soon. The Signal will update this story as information becomes available on its Web site, www.baldwincity.com.

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