Circleville City Schools – On Tuesday, 7th-grade student Scott Moats was at the helm of Circleville City Schools after his family secured the winning bid at the Circleville City School Foundation (CCSF) ‘Raise your Paw Auction’ earlier this school year.
The annual CCSF auction is a fundraiser where proceeds go directly towards student initiatives and grants that expand learning in our classrooms. The ‘Superintendent for a Day’ auction item was one of many generous school and community-sourced donations to go across the auction block this past February.
For Scott, the day’s schedule was characterized more by meetings and interacting with staff more so than he is usually accustomed to at Circleville Middle School; however, before any of that could occur Scott found out quickly there was an important task to complete at 7:00 a.m. in the district.
“Well, we went and got a coffee,” said a laughing Moats.
As the man ‘in charge’ for the day, directly overseeing over 2,200 students and 265 staff members, Scott found out coffee is a necessity at the urging of Superintendent Jonathan Davis.
From there, Scott reviewed architectural plans and walked the campus grounds observing progress made on the new bleacher and track construction project before visiting the Pickaway County Educational Service Center with Assistant Superintendent Kyle Uhrig.
Another part of the superintendent agenda for the day for Moats involved working on the 2019-2020 academic calendar, writing personalized staff birthday cards, and meeting about the opening staff convocation in August..which only brought him to lunch with Mr. Davis in town.
After a quick meal, it was right back in the fold visiting our youngest Tigers down Tiger Drive.
“We walked around the elementary to check on the students and staff after lunch,” said Moats. “Then we stopped by to visit my baby sister Samantha in Mrs. Congrove’s class.”
One middle school and high school walk-through later, Moats reflected on the day’s events and the many places it took him before concluding his day to head to baseball practice.
“The superintendent job is kinda hard, but also fun,” said Moats. “You work with the calendar, [purchasing], and go around the district checking in on students and teachers to make sure all is going well.”
When prompted if his day carried any weight in a decision to pursue a career in educational leadership, Scott was quick to say his mind is made up as he plans to join the family business in insurance where his grandfather Terry and father John work locally.
Many thanks to the Moats family for their participation in the auction this year and the CCSF for orchestrating the many opportunities they bring to our students on a daily basis – including most recently with our Kindergarten flexible seating options.
Circleville City Schools plans to continue this experiential learning time for an auction winner in future events to come.