Pictured: L to R: Keith Hagene; Jeff Fetcho (Photo credit: Jason Henry, SOTY Selection Committee Member)
HAMILTON COUNTY – The Egyptian Division of the Illinois Association of School Administrators has selected Hamilton County Unit 10 Schools Superintendent Jeff Fetcho as the region’s Superintendent of the Year for the 2021-2022 school year.
Fetcho, who has served as Hamilton County’s superintendent for nine years, will represent school superintendents from seven southern Illinois counties in the statewide Illinois Association of School Administrators’ Superintendent of the Year and Superintendent of Distinction award programs.
Fetcho received the award at the Division’s regular meeting last week.
“We are pleased to have a top-notch, experienced veteran like Mr. Fetcho representing our group,” selection committee member and Sesser-Valier Superintendent Jason Henry said in a written statement issued Friday. “Jeff has devoted his career to public service through education, beginning his career as a classroom teacher in Eldorado and now guiding the Hamilton County school district. Throughout his career, he has led his district by example, personally engaged in statewide education leadership initiatives, and nurtured aspiring and new superintendents. He’s a wise, service-based, deliberate, strong superintendent.”
The Egyptian Division of IASA, the regional branch of the statewide superintendents’ association, serves district superintendents in Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Perry, Washington, Wayne, and White counties.
“Jeff embodies the idea of hard work, long-term dedication, and progressive growth,” Pinckneyville High School Superintendent and Egyptian Division President Keith Hagene said. “He’s not only strong in the functional areas of school administration, but he thrives on seeing kids, staff members, and his superintendent colleagues succeed. Genuine leaders like Jeff are constantly working together, mostly behind-the-scenes, to make a difference for students. Jeff is a servant-leader, and we’re proud that he can represent our region through this award.”