Hobson School welcomes new superintendent

Special to the News-Argus

Meet Tim Tharp, Hobson School’s new superintendent. Photo by Vicky McCray

Colby Fitzgerald has left Hobson School for the big city, but it looks as though he made sure the school community was in capable hands before his last days with School District #25. Tim Tharp is already on the job and setting his sights for an excellent 2016-2017 school year. Tharp, who has come to Hobson School from Sunburst, said his expectations for Hobson are “Excellence across the board.” “Academics, athletics, extracurriculars, co-curriculars,” he added. “I want Hobson students to be the absolute best they can be in everything they try. I will have high expectations for the teachers to have those same feelings for the students that I do.” The new superintendent was unaware of any changes that need to be made in Hobson. “From what I can tell,” he said, “Hobson has done an excellent job here.” He made mention of the BPA and FFA programs in particular, both of which have done well. He commented on the football coach’s coaching internationally. “I think things are very well in place,” he added. “I want to be able to take our successes and continue to build on them – in and out of the classroom.” He does not anticipate any new programs at Hobson. “It’s very difficult to add anything with declining enrollment and the declining funding that goes with that,” Tharp explained. “It’s a matter of coming up with new ways to continue to fund our existing programs.” When asked if he had any new teachers, Tharp’s answer was “They’re all new – to me.” He went on to say he has been attending board meetings for the last few months and he knows of one individual who was a para and has switched into a classroom situation. District Clerk Sherri Bergstrom later told the Press the school also has a new second-grade teacher for the new year. As an administrator, Tharp has high expectations in the classrooms and the hallways as well. “And I will talk to the kids about that the first day of school,” he said. “Respect for self, respect for property, respect for others.” He expects all the students to be good citizens, and being good citizens involves respect. If the students make an effort to meet Tharp’s expectations of respect, they’re going to love him, he said. Tharp likes to get to know his students and is pleased his office is a little farther into the hall away from the main office. As far as the staff is concerned, he said he is in Hobson simply to “steer the ship” and to help them be successful. “I want them to be able to do their best,” he added, “and it is my job to provide them whatever they need, whether that’s materials, support, policy, curriculum – whatever they need.” Tharp is delighted to be in Hobson. He has no desire to be a superintendent in a large school and noted bigger doesn’t mean better. He enjoys being able to help in anyway he can – shoveling walks, helping cook lunch, mopping a floor, driving a bus. “That’s what I love about the small schools,” he said. “When I get up in the morning, I have no idea what I’m going to get done, what the day will bring.” He has a detailed schedule and a list of goals to accomplish and he has no expectation of getting everything done. “I like being in the middle of things,” Tharp said. He will not wear a suit coat except for graduation, but he will wear a shirt and tie, except for game days. On game days he will wear a polo shirt. In the summer he wears shorts and a t-shirt. “That’s just who I am,” he said. Hobson offers Tharp everybody under the same roof, a fact he is really looking forward to. In Sunburst he had two buildings and two Hutterite colonies. He worked with another administrator, an elementary principal. On the challenging side of things, he has all of the Moore and Judith Gap kids to work with also. “Ideally, we would all be together,” he said, “but that is not realistic any more.”



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