Lakota hires new leader for district
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer
Friday, 22 June 2012 10:42
KANSAS - The Lakota School District has hired a veteran administrator to serve as its next superintendent.
Dave Danhoff, current superintendent at Willard schools, will take over as superintendent on Aug.1.
His contract, which includes a $94,000 annual salary, was approved 5-0 by Board of Education members this morning during a 45-minute special meeting.
Board President Chris Chalfin said Danhoff has a proven "track record" with improving test scores.
"The school he has been at, their test scores have been really, really good during his tenure," Chalfin said.
The district's main goal right now, Chalfin said, is improving its test scores - something Danhoff will be charged with.
Danhoff, a Willard native, comes to the district with 34 years of education experience, with 20 of those as a superintendent.
He began his career as a teacher for Fostoria City Schools in 1977. From there he taught at Sandusky through 1987 before taking over as middle school/elementary principal for Galion schools. In 1992, he was named superintendent of Mohawk schools before taking over as the superintendent of Clyde-Green Springs schools between 1994 and 2002. For six years after that, he was superintendent of Vanguard-Sentinel Career Center. He spent the last three years as superintendent of Willard schools.
Danhoff said he was drawn to the district by its community support.
"I have always admired the spirit they have had there," Danhoff said Friday morning in a phone interview.
And moving into a "state-of-the-art facility" will be a positive, too, he said.
Danhoff takes over as superintendent following the retirement of Rebecca Heimlich, who had been at the helm for six years.
He was selected from a pool of about 12 candidates, Chalfin said.
"I think Becky Heimlich did a fantastic job," Danhoff said.
"I just want to make sure we can continue moving in that same direction."
Danhoff said he has no immediate plans for any major changes in the district.
"I'll have to go in and just assess where they are before we make any changes," he said.