Sometimes a man just has to do what's right. He has to step up when someone is in serious need of help he can provide.
A year ago Perkins School District was battered and bruised. The spirit was still there, the basics were intact, but a lengthy, bitter teachers' strike and a controversial superintendent had taken their toll.
Dennis Rectenwald has the broad-based experience that made him a perfect fit to take over as interim superintendent and pull things together. The fractured school district was ready for and receptive to his helping hand. With cooperation of board members, teachers, parents and students, the district was able to inspire the confidence needed to pass a school levy. Rectenwald and the board crafted a strategic plan to set the district in a direction that serves not only today's Perkins students but also future Pirates.
Eight months later, Rectenwald is handing over the reins to incoming superintendent James Gunner. The job Gunner is taking on is very different from the one into which Rectenwald stepped. At the last board meeting, members recognized with a standing ovation the efforts of the interim super and thanked him for his time there.
After spending most of his adult life working for the betterment of school districts, Rectenwald can ease into retirement knowing he is one of the guys who made a difference.