Relationships key for Folks

Outgoing EACS chief wins praise

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

If you are an East Allen County Schools student, chances are good Superintendent Ken Folks knows your name.

If he doesn’t, he likely knows your face.

EACS Superintendent Dr Kenneth Folks Talks With Preschoolers About the Blankets They Have Selected

The self-described people person tried to visit every school at least every other week during his four-year tenure at EACS, which ends with his retirement Friday. That’s 16 schools in 10 days, meaning multiple building visits per day was common, he said.

“They have so many events I want to be a part of,” Folks said, standing among spectators at New Haven Intermediate School last month for the fifth-grade rocket launch.

An invitation-only retirement celebration honoring Folks, 59, is set for Wednesday.

His 36-year career in schools included work as a social studies teacher, coach, athletic director and principal. He began his first central office job in 2010 as chief academic officer at Marion Community Schools.


POSTED: 06/25/17 at 2:17 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools