FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio – Reality is starting to set in for Fairview Park City School District Superintendent Bill Wagner, who is retiring on August 1.

“It’s very surreal,” Wagner said. “I love my job, I love education and working with people.”

This love also includes the Fairview Park City School District, where seven years ago, as Human Resources Supervisor for Lakewood City Schools, he made a phone call that ended up changing his life.

“Fairview has always had a good reputation, but I didn’t know there was an opening to begin with,” said Wagner. “At the time, I was writing my resume for an Assistant Superintendent position at Lakewood.

“I ended up sharing this with the schools in the town of Fairview. I sent my CV without any wait. It turned out that Fairview was looking for an acting superintendent. A few days later they requested an interview and soon after they offered the job.

Wagner was originally appointed acting district superintendent, whose temporary etiquette he knew could be problematic.

“Acting jobs are weird because a lot of times you just keep the seat warm, but I’m usually not that kind of guy,” Wagner said. “I did the right thing. Really, it was the longest interview of my life. I told myself that in the next six to nine months, if I couldn’t convince them that I wasn’t the right person for the job, that I shouldn’t be.

It turned out that Wagner, who had to be re-interviewed for the job during a superintendent search process, was the right fit.

Over the past six years, the Superintendent has led the district through many challenging projects, including the completion of the construction project and facilities master plan, a recently enacted operating tax, and strategic planning initiatives.

The latter focused on implementing personalized, project-based teaching and learning, and transformed neighborhood facilities into 21st century learning environments. This included transforming Fairview Park City schools into a 1: 1 district and implementing learning management systems.

Wagner said while the administration was taking a lot of heat for learning management systems, it turned out that two years later, when the pandemic forced distance learning, the move was a blessing in disguise. .

“We had strong learning management systems, so the communication tools and all the content was online,” Wagner said. “Everyone knew how to use it, so when the pandemic hit for us, he was just flipping the switch. Our distance learning hasn’t been a big change. It was a saving grace.

“We took him to the chin two years before everyone else, but we weathered this storm. And when the pandemic hit, it was nothing. “

After 33 years in public education, Wagner looks forward to a retirement that finally includes more work.

“Although I say I am retiring, I will never stop working,” Wagner said. “I am a workaholic. I always have been and always will be. I just think the job will change. One of the things I’m going to do is work a lot more with my wife, Susan, who has been a Mary Kay consultant for 25 years.

“I’ve been a part of her Mary Kay world for all these years – more on this outskirts – but this pink bubble is amazing. I look forward to helping and supporting her as she has helped and supported me throughout our 26 years of marriage.

Does that mean we’re going to see Wagner driving in a Mary Kay award-winning pink Cadillac?

“I would love to drive in a pink Cadillac,” Wagner said with a laugh. “We’re not quite at this level, but together we’ll set new, higher goals for ourselves and have a good time doing it.” “

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