Saturday, April 19, 2014

School board extends contract for first-year Ottawa superintendent

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 2/12/2014

Jeanne Stroh, Ottawa superintendent, already has had a positive influence on the school district and the community, school board members said Monday night in voting 7-0 to extend her contract through the 2015-2016 school year.

The board in June ratified a two-year contract with Stroh which ran through the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Before coming to Ottawa July 1, Stroh had served as assistant superintendent with the Hutchinson school district.

Jeanne Stroh, Ottawa superintendent, already has had a positive influence on the school district and the community, school board members said Monday night in voting 7-0 to extend her contract through the 2015-2016 school year.

The board in June ratified a two-year contract with Stroh which ran through the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Before coming to Ottawa July 1, Stroh had served as assistant superintendent with the Hutchinson school district.

“I think Dr. Stroh has done a great job thus far,” David White, school board president, said. “She has kind of refined our focus and put us on a path that I think is both sustainable and will help us grow the district.”

White cited Stroh’s move to establish a facilities committee this fall — comprised of members representing all facets of the community — as an example of moving the district in a positive direction by looking at the needs of the school district and getting the community involved in that decision-making progress.

“Instead of saying, ‘We need to build a new [school] building,’ she set up a committee to determine if we may or may not need to build a new school,” White said. “I think she is focused on providing for the needs of our students in order to give them the best education possible. I’ve heard lots of good input from the community [about Stroh].”

The one-year extension was not accompanied with a bump in salary, White said. Stroh’s annual salary is $130,000. Her original contract calls for the possibility of an unspecified salary increase after completing her first school year with the district.

Stroh has a doctorate of education and a master’s degree in education from Kansas State University. In addition to her teaching and administrative background, Stroh also has extensive experience as a K-12 curriculum supervisor, which board members said they found appealing when they hired Stroh last summer.

Stroh was pleased to receive the contract extension, she said.

“Ottawa is a great district, and it was just the right fit,” Stroh said. “I enjoy working with the staff and administrators. It has been fantastic. I feel very fortunate to be in this district.” 

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