Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer
Monday, 22 July 2013 09:37
KANSAS - Jon Detwiler was named as the new superintendent of the Lakota Local Schools at a special meeting this morning.
Detwiler has been the principal of McPherson Middle School in Clyde for the last seven years. He previously served in a similar role in the Fremont City Schools.
The Lakota board unanimously approved hiring Detwiler, who will assume the reins of the district from David Danhoff, whose resignation was accepted by the board on July 8.
Chris Chalfin, president of the board, said as Danhoff had only been employed for one year, the board had completed an extensive search process last year and did not feel they needed to repeat that process.
"Last year we had narrowed down our choices to three highly qualified candidates," Chalfin said. "We were prepared to offer the position to Detwiler at that time if Danhoff had not taken the job."
The president thus said as far as the board was concerned, "Jon was our guy. Why go through another search when we knew we wanted to go after Jon?"
"I am very excited to come to the district," Detwiler said following the meeting, noting he lives in the eastern part of the Lakota district, despite having a Fremont address.
"I am very familiar with the district, I have been watching it for years," the new superintendent stated noting, "I bring a lot of energy. I want to continue to build on what they have been doing here."
One of the goals of the board has been to raise test scores in the district.
Danhoff noted those test scores have risen and he expects the report to be very positive when the 2013 figures are compiled.
"I will devote a lot of time and energy to be sure the children are achieving to their highest ability," Detwiler said.
The new leader said he has seen a rise in test scores where he served in both Clyde and Fremont.
During the meeting Danhoff told his successor, "This is a great job with great facilities. They just need someone to lead them and you will be that man. Everything is pointing in the right direction, just take the ball and run with it."
Beginning Aug. 1, Danhoff will serve as chief of staff and transformation officer for Sandusky City Schools. He will serve with its superintendent, Eugene Sanders.