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Raines to Keep Standards High Before Retiring

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Principal Jim Raines is a man of tradition.

Following the tragic passing of principal Kraig Kelican, Jim Raines took over as FHS’ principal. Raines has been working at FHS for over 33 years. Before stepping up as principal, he worked as an administrator for the world language department. This will be his final year at the school before he retires. Raines admitted that he did not have the most positive feelings when he accepted the position, saying, “[I felt] a little reluctance and definitely sadness because of the passing of Mr. Kelican and how I got to be in this position.” Despite such a difficult period, he continues to perform at the highest level.

FHS is a treasured and dear place for Raines. “What I like about the school is the family feeling that you get,” he shared. Raines also believes that Fauquier County has the best students, saying, “I’ve been in a lot of different schools throughout the state when I coached, and students in Fauquier schools are by far the best.” Raines recognizes that there is always something that can be changed in the school but tries to preserve the traditions and values it has gained over the years.

Many teachers and students are satisfied with the way Raines is working to keep the school’s vision in line with Kelican’s. English teacher Jennifer Major stated, “I think he just needs to keep moving forward… he just has to maintain the high standards that we already have in place.” Senior Meme Merchant feels that he’s effectively maintained these standards, saying, “I think he’s great, I think he’s very professional, and I think he has a lot of experience under his belt.”

Faculty have great respect for Raines’ character and for all he does for the school. French teacher Nicole Goepper recalled her previous experience working with Raines, saying, “…he probably was the most understanding administrator.” History teacher Ronald Pfeiffer recognized his leadership capability despite the unusual and challenging circumstances. “He is doing a great job under a very difficult situation,” said Pfeiffer. Major commented on his professionalism in particular, saying, “…. he recognizes the talent and the professionalism of the staff and he lets us do our thing…but at the same time he is very supportive of the staff.”

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Jane Khyzhniak
Jane Khyzhniak, Entertainment Editor
Hi! My name is Jane and I’m a freshman here at FHS. It’s my first year working as a staff member in The Falconer and in the journalism field in general. I’m a fashion enthusiast who loves good books, jazz music, and art (especially Renaissance era one). In my free time I like to bake, write poetry, and go to galleries.
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