Behind the Scenes with a School Secretary

  • Kristine Fitch, secretary at WHBI.  Walk into the main office at William H. Barton Intermediate School on any given day and you’ll likely find school secretary Kristine Fitch with a smile on her face, eager to assist you.
    When one thinks of a secretary, what comes to mind? Answering phones and organizing files? Maybe, but the job of a secretary is so much more, especially for Fitch.
    “It’s a great building, it’s very much like a family,” Fitch said. “My position is a little unique in that I’m assistant principal Luthringer’s secretary and I’m also the secretary for the Committee on Special Education (CSE). So it’s kind of a split position.”
    When Fitch takes her seat at her desk at around 7:30 a.m. to start the school day, she knows by the time her day is over at around 4:00 p.m. she will have seen dozens of children, parents and teachers coming in and out of the office, all requiring assistance from school-related professionals.
    For Fitch, that means her daily task list could change at the drop of a hat.
    “We’re a busy building even though we only have two grades,” Fitch said. “Every day is different and that’s what makes this job fun. I can go from scheduling CSE meetings, to working with students who come in for help, to making sure assistant principal Luthringer has everything he needs for the day.”
    This school year marks Fitch’s fifth year working for Queensbury Union Free School District and she has spent every one of those years at WHBI. 
    “I really love working with the kids and they’re really good at popping in whenever they need anything,” she said. “One of my favorite things is seeing the incoming fourth-graders come get used to all of the clubs that we have here.” 
    Another favorite memory of Fitch’s during her time at QUFSD involves her daughter. She graduated from Queensbury High School in 2013, but Fitch says they enjoyed the close proximity the district’s campus provides. 
    “Queensbury feels like home,” Fitch said. “All of the buildings on one campus, combined with the great people that are here, there’s really no other way to explain it.”