Thursday, December 18, 2014

With retirement delayed, superintendent looking forward to another year

By DYLAN LYSEN, Herald Staff Writer | 3/28/2014

RICHMOND — Meet the new boss. He’s the same as the old boss.

Jim White, Central Heights Superintendent, announced his intention to retire at the end of the school year Feb. 17. But after interviewing three possible candidates to fill the open position, the school board asked White to return for one more school year. White accepted and will forgo retirement — at least for now.

“It was pretty simple,” White said. “The board president called and asked if I could stay around for one more year. I said, ‘If you need me, I will stay around for one more year.’”

Rick Pryor, a Central Heights School Board member, said the board was unable to find a suitable successor who fit the needs of the school district. The board plans to begin another search at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, he said.

The school board interviewed three candidates for the position Dawn Burns, board clerk, said, but ultimately thought White remained the best option.

White has no problems staying at Central Heights, he said, and the board’s request for him to return won’t harm his plans for the future. After announcing his retirement in February, White said he and his wife planned to travel and spend more time helping with their church, Grace Community Church in Overbrook.

“We were going to do some traveling and maybe some mission work,” White said. “It will just be delayed a year, and we just won’t be able to get into that as fully as we originally planned to next year. We’ll just delay it a year and we’ll be fine.”

Initially hired as interim superintendent in 2010, White was brought out of a previous retirement from a superintendent’s post in Baldwin City, where he stepped down in 2006, to serve the Central Heights school district. He later stayed on as superintendent.

Adding another year to his long career won’t be too bad, White said.

“I’m looking forward to an exciting 2014-15 school year.”

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