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School board OKs contract, pay for new superintendent

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 6/12/2013

Jeanne Stroh officially became the Ottawa school district’s new superintendent Monday night.

The school board voted 7-0 to ratify a two-year contract with Stroh, which begins July 1 and expires June 30, 2015. Stroh already had signed off on the contract, which calls for her to receive an annual salary of $130,000 for the 2013-2014 school year, with the possibility of an unspecified salary increase in the second year.

Jeanne Stroh officially became the Ottawa school district’s new superintendent Monday night.

The school board voted 7-0 to ratify a two-year contract with Stroh, which begins July 1 and expires June 30, 2015. Stroh already had signed off on the contract, which calls for her to receive an annual salary of $130,000 for the 2013-2014 school year, with the possibility of an unspecified salary increase in the second year.

Stroh, 53, has a doctorate of education and a master’s degree in education from Kansas State University.

She also has extensive experience as a K-12 curriculum supervisor, which board members said they found appealing.

“She brings a lot of curriculum experience and really wants to be in the community,” Dennis George, school board member, said previously. “I think she will come in and do a fine job.”

At its May 13 meeting, the school board voted 7-0 to offer Stroh the position. She accepted, via a telephone call from the board earlier that night during an executive session. The board’s vote Monday night finalized the employment agreement.

Graduating in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development from Northern Arizona University, Stroh said she spent 16 years as a teacher before her first administrative post with the Wamego school district.

As assistant superintendent in Hutchinson, Stroh said during her daylong interview April 29 in Ottawa that she helped lead her school district’s conversion to Common Core curriculum last year. Stroh, who also has served as her district’s Multi-Tiered Systems of Support coordinator, said her experience implementing Common Core would prove beneficial in helping guide Ottawa’s transition to the new curriculum.

In addition to serving as the Hutchinson school district’s assistant superintendent, Stroh has been active in the community.

She is co-chair of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Reno County, Reno County Keep Kids Fit Board, Reno County Early Childhood Council, Reno County Social Emotional Excellence for Kids Board, Reno County Head Start Policy Council, McPherson College Advisory Board, United Way community volunteer and Girl Scout leader.

Stroh has received training from Harvard University’s National Institute for Urban School Leaders, is a member of the Harvard Principal’s Center, as well as a member of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, American Association of School Administrators and International Reading Association.

She has won several awards, including the Alfred P. Wilson Outstanding Future Leader in Education Award from K-State. Stroh said in a follow-up interview after she accepted the position in May that she was eager to get started in her new role in Ottawa.

“I feel just so honored to be named to the position, and I look forward to working with everybody,” Stroh said. “I know there will be challenges, but nothing we cannot overcome if we all work together.”

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