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CSF school board approves hires

By AARON KENNEDY - akennedy@ftimes.com

The Community Schools of Frankfort Board of Trustees unanimously approved the hire of Chip Dale as the new assistant principal at Frankfort Middle School and Kurt Cantlon as the new director of Wildcat Creek Career Cooperative during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening at the Education and Administration Building at 2400 E. Wabash St. in Frankfort.

Dale was previously the athletic director at FMS.

“Chip, when he saw that we had a job opening, he wanted to have that opportunity,” said CSF Superintendent Don DeWeese. “He wowed the first-round committee and made it to the second round, and he came out on top in the second round. He has a maturity about him we saw this year as an athletic director. He has good decision-making skills. He gets along with adults and kids. We are very excited and think that Chip Dale is going to do great things for us.”

Filling the athletic director vacancy at FMS will be Josh Marshall, the CSF Teacher of the Year.

“Josh has been a fifth-grade teacher for us at Green Meadows,” DeWeese said. “A year ago, he got his administrative certificate, so he is looking for leadership positions. He is wanting an opportunity to be a leader in our schools. He has an athletic background. We just saw this as a great opportunity, so we offered that to Mr. Marshall. So, after a couple of days thinking about it, he said, 'Yes. I would like to make that move.' Josh was our Teacher of the Year this year in our district. Josh is a fine educator, fine young man, and we are really excited to see what is going to happen.”

Cantlon has been working as a counselor at Frankfort High School.

“Kurt has been very interested in a career in tech ed, and when this director's job came up, he threw his hat in the ring,” DeWeese said. “We had seven or eight applicants, narrowed it down, and Kurt came out on top. We feel like he is very capable, and he is another young man that we saw rise from the ranks. He wants to take those opportunities to be a leader in our district. We are excited about Kurt Cantlon.”