Friday, August 01, 2014

Ottawa taps new school superintendent

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Staff Writer | 5/13/2013

Jeanne Stroh said she enjoyed coming to Ottawa to watch her kids’ college sports teams play against Ottawa University.

She will return this fall as the Ottawa school district’s new superintendent.

Jeanne Stroh said she enjoyed coming to Ottawa to watch her kids’ college sports teams play against Ottawa University.

She will return this fall as the Ottawa school district’s new superintendent.

The school board voted 7-0 Monday night to offer the job to Stroh, who now is assistant superintendent for the Hutchinson school district.

Stroh, who has a doctor of education degree from Kansas State University and 15 years of administrative experience, said during her interview one of her first priorities would be to hire a full-time curriculum director.

Susan Ward, school board president, said Stroh’s strengths in curriculum, planning and other areas helped push her ahead of the other two finalists: Brian Kraus, Ottawa’s interim superintendent, and Don Haack, superintendent of the Spooner Area School District in Spooner, Wis.

The board offered the job to Stroh over the phone and she accepted, Ward said about 10:15 p.m. Monday. The board met in executive session for about an hour before emerging to cast its vote.

“We are still working out the salary and some other details,” Ward said of Stroh’s contract.

Stroh would succeed former superintendent Dean Katt, who resigned March 1.

“We had three excellent candidates, and it was a tough decision,” Ward said. “Brian Kraus has done an excellent job — we just decided Dr. Stroh would be the best fit for our district right now.”

Ward said Kraus would remain with the district as assistant superintendent.

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