Jesse to Retire as Forest Park HS Principal

One of Dubois County’s top high school administrators has announced his plans to step down at the end of next month.

Longtime Forest Park Principal Jeff Jesse has decided to retire after 32 and a half years in education.

The 1976 graduate of Austin High School earned his bachelor’s degree in choral music from Indiana State University in 1980. He began his teaching career at Vincennes Lincoln High School in 1981 where he met his wife Leah. After marrying, the couple moved to Jasper where Jeff served as the JHS Choir Director for 3 years. Leah is currently principal at Jasper’s Fifth Street School.

On the advice of then Jasper High School principal Don Noblitt, he sought and recieved his administrative license in 1988 and spent 2 years at Tell City High School before returing to JHS to serve the next 6 years as an assistant principal before moving to Washington High School for the next seven. His retirement effective December 31st will mark 10 and a half years at Forest Park.

Jesse says the last 32 plus years as a teacher then an administrator has provided him with an rewarding career:

Jesse says he’ll miss working daily with those who he has become close with over the years from the school board to fellow administrators, teachers and of course the students. Jesse says he’s worked with some of the best in the business:

Last night the Southeast Dubois School Board recieved and accepted Jesse’s letter of resignation. Southeast superintendent Rick Allen says it will be hard to replace Jeff Jesse:

Allen says the corporation hopes to name a replacement for Jesse at next month’s meeting. Meanwhile Jesse says he has no immediate plans for his retirement simply stating he looks foward to the next chapter in his life. He says that next chapter mostly will include spending time with his family.


Last night the Southeast Dubois School Board heard Superintendent Rick Allen’s plan for reporting school closing and delays for the upcoming winter season. Allen says school closings once again will be passed on through the school REACH system, which is an automatic phone system that alerts parents, faculty and staff as well as corporation bus drivers. Allen says the general public also willl be advised of any closings or delays via local radio and television.


Also last night Allen presented to and recieved approval from the Southeast board the corporation’s 2014-15 school calendar.
Classes next school year in the Southwest district will begin on Thursday August 7, 2014 and conclude on Friday May 23, 2015.

Allen says the school year will consist of 6 built in snow days. He says christmas break will begin Tuesday December 23rd and thanks to January 2nd landing on a Friday, the second semester will not begin till Monday January 5th. Allen says the corporation decided to make Friday the 2nd a make-up snow day in case any school is missed prior to the holiday break.


And finally last night the Southeast School board presented a resoultion of appreciation to the Forest Park High School Marching Band. The Marching Rangers captured their second straight class D first place finish at the Indiana State School Music Association Marching Band State Finals held last weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Forest Park Band Director Chad Gayso and Drum Majors Allysa Hurm and Travis Vonderheide were on hand to accept the certificate of appreciation from school board president Kent Uebelhor.