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Just an observation....

**It’s not surprising that Carl Schoessel helped Delton Kellogg Schools out of its financial peril as interim superintendent,  sorting out the issues and untangling financial problems, and the many other concerns as they came up.

He’s been at it long time, he understands it and he’s good at it.

 

Also, that he stayed for three years to help the district when he expected to stay a semester of two holding everything in place until they hired new superintendent, makes perfect sense to any one who knows Carl.

 

He should be very satisfied with the work he did at the school; it is not an overstatement to say the district was on the brink of some really unpleasant things happening, right up to closing the schools, when he agreed to help out. He surely is quietly pleased with what he accomplished.

But Carl, being Carl, would never say it.

 

Give credit to others, admit he was part of a good team that did it, but not take credit for himself.

We all know the people who shift blame for everything; Carl shifts credit.

He is matter of fact when explaining how to fix financial problems. Maybe he just figures no big deal, you can always get more money, but he gets excited talking about a character building program that was created for their school by their people.

 

“One thing I’m really, really, really proud of is the character program we have,” he said.

The program the school had, though very expensive, was not very good, and the school couldn’t afford it anyway.

“I asked the counselors, elementary, middle and high school, to see if they could find a program that would meet our needs.  I asked them, ‘what do you think about having our own plan’”?

“Bless their hearts, they did a magnificent job; they came up with a program with seven character traits, one for each month and then together at the end of the year.”

During each board of education meeting, students gave examples of the character trait of the month; one example, the Chess Club members showed they had perseverance when they became champions.

An incident that shows why Carl is so proud occurred during the month when integrity was stressed. A 10-year-old boy found a $100 bill in the Family Fare parking lot in Delton, took it inside and turned it into a clerk, “because I have integrity.”

 

“It was a self-created plan and didn’t cost anything. They even made lessons plans for the teachers. At the end of the school year, we made a presentation to the community.

“To me, the highlight was to get it done. The kids, staff and the community bought into it, it will continue. I’m very proud of them; they changed the character of the school. “It’s another example of when people work together, good things happen.”

 

Did you notice he just did it again?

 

I’ve known Carl for a long, long time and I know he’s not going to like this commentary. So, as a favor, I’m not putting his photo with the article. He hates that.

Jean Gallup

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