A retired Fairfield Schools superintendent left his legacy of strong leadership on the Butler County school community, said friends and former co-workers.
Charles F. ‘Charlie’ Wiedenmann, 69, of Hamilton, died Friday after a long illness.
Wiedenmann was a superintendent for 25 years in the Greater Cincinnati area and was instrumental in overseeing the growth of the Fairfield school district before he retired from that school system in 2000 having held the job there since 1992.
Former Fairfield Schools Superintendent Paul Otten, who is now leader of Beavercreek Schools in Greene County, was hired by Wiedenmann.
Otten described the beloved school leader, to whom he remained close after Wiedenmann retired, as a savvy and knowledgeable superintendent.
“Charlie was truly an outstanding superintendent for the Fairfield school district. I was thankful to be hired in Fairfield by Charlie and honored to later serve as an assistant principal under his leadership,” said Otten.
“Charlie was so incredibly smart in everything that he did for the district and his dedication to making the district succeed and thrive was unparalleled,” he said.
“I am most thankful for the time that I was able to spend with Charlie after he retired from the district. After becoming superintendent, Charlie and I remained in touch and his guidance and understanding of the district assisted me greatly throughout my tenure as superintendent in Fairfield,” said Otten who left the district in 2016.
Wiedenmann, who was a awarded Ohio Superintendent of the Year while at Fairfield, helped campaign for school tax issues in the late 1990s that led to the construction of Fairfield Senior High School and East Elementary schools.
“Fairfield Schools are better today because of Charlie Wiedenmann,” he said.
Current Fairfield Schools Superintendent Billy Smith described Wiedenmann as having “a great vision for the future of the Fairfield Schools.”
“He oversaw a number of major changes within the district while superintendent. Those included opening the Kindergarten Center, followed several years later with the openings of the new senior high school and East Elementary,” said Smith.
“After retirement, he stayed involved with our schools, and provided a tremendous amount of support and guidance,” he said.
Wiedenmann “was respected in the Fairfield and Fairfield Township communities, and his leadership style attracted statewide attention when he received the Ohio Superintendent of the Year Award. These great accomplishments were truly deserving of a man who spent three decades in education doing the right thing for kids and supporting his community,” he said.
Memorial services, handled by Mueller Funeral Home, 6791 Tylersville Road, Mason, were conducted earlier this week.
Memorial donations may be directed to OHC at Jewish Hospital and the St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Liberty Twp.
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