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Embracing Change: A Tribute to Our Beloved Principal's Journey

By: Evan Heins and Paige Ordway -- Eagle Staff Writer/Photography Editor

Coach Wright and Mr. Crutchfield stand spreading positivity (Courtesy Photo)

In the halls of Franklin County High School (FCHS), change is inevitable yet often met with mixed emotions. For Jon Crutchfield, the principal at FCHS, change means the ending of his time as the heart and soul of our school community and the beginning of a new journey beyond these familiar walls into retirement.

For eight years, Mr. Crutchfield has been the center of our educational family. From the moment he stepped foot into our halls, his warmth and dedication has left a mark on each student, teacher, and staff member fortunate enough to cross his path. Dr. Andrew Nester, Assistant Principal, shared high praise for Crutchfield's student-centered philosophy in particular: “Mr. Crutchfield’s approach has always been students first, and that our students deserve better and what can we do to give our students a better opportunity to be involved and better our campus,”

Principal Crutchfield and a group of administrators enjoying the 2023 Prom. (Courtesy Photo)

Others expressed appreciation for his quiet steady management. “I would like to thank him for his leadership and work that he has done for the school and community, often behind the scenes without accolades or acknowledgement, simply to do what is best.  I have been blessed by his leadership,” said Teresa Sanders, Assistant Principal at FCHS.

Beyond his administrative duties, Crutchfield has served as a mentor and colleague, providing guidance and friendship. “I have learned a lot from him.  We have spent a lot of time together going to meetings and games.  I will miss the conversations and our time together.” said Bradley Lang, Athletic Director at FCHS.

Those who know Crutchfield best have expressed profound gratitude for the countless lives he has touched. While they know his retirement is well-earned, they admit to mixed feelings about his departure. “It was bittersweet when he announced to us his plan to retire.  We knew the day would come, but selfishly aren't quite ready for it ourselves!  He has served in a long career as an educator and he is fully deserving of enjoying this next chapter of life,” said Allyson Lynch, Assistant Principal.

While Crutchfield devoted his professional life to what was best for students, he's looking forward to embracing this new period in his personal life, filled with cherished moments and quality time spent with family. “I plan on spending lots of time with my family and especially my grandchildren. I also hope to take in some of my son-in-law's baseball games. I will also get outside and hunt and fish as much as possible,” stated Crutchfield.

Principal Jon Crutchfield: Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle (Courtesy Photo)

So here's to Principal Jon Crutchfield, a beacon of light in our lives and a shining example of what it means to lead with grace, humility, and love. As you spread your wings and soar to new heights, know that you will always hold a special place in the hearts of the FCHS family. Thank you for everything, and may your journey be filled with endless joy, fulfillment, and boundless possibilities.

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