Foxfire Celebrates 15 Years Of Success

by Mackenzie Stasko on September 4, 2013 at 6:56 am

What started out as an alternative high school for suspension, has grown to serve kids and young adults of all ages and grades.

Foxfire Schools just started their 15th school year. The school, which is housed in the former Maysville High School, has grown from 9 students, to an elementary, middle and high school. The school has been so successful, it’s actually being used as a model school for alternative schools across the country.

"We’ve been fortunate to have a lot of accomplishments since the origination of Foxfire," said Superintendent, Todd Whiteman. "One of them being selected the model alternative by the U.S. Department of Education. They utilize us as a model throughout the country because of our academic results with challenged kids and we’re extremely proud of that. We have a lot of great people that are passionate and caring that want to make a difference in kids’ lives.

Whiteman says he has big dreams for the school; including adding a performing arts center and school athletic teams. He says what makes Foxfire different from traditional schools, is the on-site services the school offers to all students.

"A lot of times, these young people have challenges in life, these crisis’. The crisis doesn’t wait a lot of times in life and a lot of times with traditional school, you try to go get support and help from an outside agency and you have to call and get an appointment.. That takes sometimes 2 to 3 weeks. These kids, they can’t wait. For some of them, it is a matter of life or death."

Foxfire has graduated almost 1,000 over the past 15 years.