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January 17, 2008

Huth Leaves CCHS

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has this really local piecetoday regarding Columbia City assistant principal, Jim Huth.  He is apparently leaving his current position to be the main dude at the Imagine MASTer Academy.  The Blogmeister has worked with Jim on a few cases and in other capacities over the years.  To say Jim is a “decent guy” is a massive understatement.  The Blogmeister wishes Jim well in his new role and knows he will do a great job.  However, this is the second announcement of a key person leaving CCHS (the first was principal Steve Doepker), since the appointment of new superintendent, Dr. Laura Huffman.  Coincidence, or is something going on there that they keep losing these key people?  Anyway, here is the story:

The assistant principal of Columbia City High School was tapped to be the principal of the charter school opening on Broadway this fall.

The Imagine MASTer Academy board Wednesday approved the hiring of Jim Huth as leader of Imagine Schools on Broadway, which will open in August at the former Emmaus Lutheran Church site. The school will be run by Imagine Schools, a charter school management company based in Arlington, Va., which also oversees Imagine MASTer Academy on Wells Street.

Huth was among 30 to 40 applicants for the position and one of four interviewed by a committee, said Jason Bryant, regional vice president for Imagine Schools.

“We all thought that this gentleman would be the man to do it for a variety of reasons,” Bryant said.

One of those reasons was Huth’s tie to the Broadway area, Bryant said. Huth grew up in that neighborhood, and his mother still lives there, he said. Bryant thinks the new school, set to serve kindergarten through fifth-grade students, will draw children from the neighborhood, and he thinks Huth’s connections will give the school more credibility.

Huth will begin his new job Feb. 5 at an annual salary of $80,000, Bryant said.

Huth, 45, said he’s interested in trying a new venture.

“It’s the right time in my life … to do something different,” Huth said.

Board members who sat in on Huth’s interviews and Imagine MASTer Academy Principal Guy Platter commended Huth during Wednesday’s meeting.

“He has a reputation of being a decent guy and treating people well,” Platter said.

The new charter school is projected to serve 550 students, and officials will begin enrolling Feb. 1 through March 31.



  1. I would like to thank the blogmeister for his kind words and thank him for his support. FYI your thoughts about what’s up are spot on!

    Comment by James Huth — January 18, 2008 @ 6:00 pm | Reply

  2. No problem Jim, they were sincere. I’ve been hearing some grumbling, but nothing concrete, so I was wondering if that was what was up. Oh well, looks like you’ve made lemonade and CCHS is the loser here.

    Comment by kurtglmft — January 28, 2008 @ 7:54 pm | Reply

  3. I am glad somebody has brought this issue to the public forefront. In losing Jim Huth, Columbia City High School is losing a person who is well liked by the faculty and students. Numerous , students and faculty members have told me that Mr. Huth has always been firm, fair can consistent when it came time to make decisions on difficult situations.

    Having worked with Jim for the past 7 years with two different soccer teams that our sons play on together, I have witnessed his ability to work with children and adults as he teaches not only soccer, but many of life’s lessons along the way. A great indicator of how people feel about Jim is the number of players we have had on our team since its beginning in 2001. Eight of the current players on the roster of seventeen are still with us, and we only had twelve players on the roster for the first two years. Players and parents alike appreciate Mr. Huth’s passion for teaching and his ability to work with a variety of individuals.

    Jim has had to deal with many pressures in the work place over the past year or so, despite being regarded as such a quality Vice Principal by students and peers. Through it all, he has always managed to keep his head up and see the bright side of life. There is no question in my mind that the community of Columbia City, as well as the high school’s loss, will be The Imagine MASTer Academy’s gain. Some charter schools in Fort Wayne have struggled in the past, this one has an unfair advantage to succeed. That advantage is Jim Huth.

    Comment by Bill Hanford — January 31, 2008 @ 10:41 am | Reply

  4. Blogmeister – I know it is late notice but we are opening the Imagine School on Broadway tomorrow with an open house from 11-3pm. The school is in it’s final construction push and we have 327 students enrolled K-5. If you have a minute please stop by, the “Weenie wagon” will be here, hope you can find the time, if not stop by anytime and I can show you what we are doing. Again thanks for your support.

    Comment by James Huth — July 25, 2008 @ 3:21 pm | Reply

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