Lakota school boss resigns
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 09:34
KANSAS - After only one year on the job, Lakota Local School District's superintendent David M. Danhoff submitted his resignation to the board on Monday night.
The board unanimously voted to accept the resignation which is effective July 31.
Danhoff has accepted a position with Sandusky City Schools as chief of staff and transportation officer.
Despite his short tenure, Danhoff had praise for the Lakota board, the district, the staff and the students.
"This is a great school district," he told the board. "I am near the end of my career and in a position where I can go where I want to be."
He explained the opportunity in Sandusky is a chance to go back to the district where he began his career 22 years ago.
Danhoff said he was specifically asked to join the staff of Dr. Eugene T. W. Sanders, superintendent and chief executive officer of the Sandusky City Schools.
"I am excited to work with Sanders. I will be his right-hand man," Danhoff said. "It was hard to turn down."
He explained that Sanders, the former superintendent of both Toledo and Cleveland Schools, also returned to Sandusky where he graduated high school.
Danhoff said, "There is no animosity. This has been a fabulous year for me."
He thanked the board after they accepted his resignation.
"I am leaving with very mixed emotions, but I leave with good feelings that this place is in very good hands and very good shape," Danhoff said.
Danhoff's was not the only departure recognized at Monday's board meeting. Dave Gump, the retiring head custodian for Lakota's building was recognized for his 35 years of service to the district. He actually started working for the district in 1978 while he was still a student at Risingsun School. He worked for $2.50 per hour. Over the years, he has also driven a school bus for the district.
"He was absolutely great with the kids," Danhoff said of Gump. "We're certainly going to miss Dave."
The board presented him with an embroidered afghan to commemorate his service.
"I've had fun working here, I will miss the kids" Gump said. "It is just time to move on."
In other action, treasurer Jennifer Hedrick announced the year-end closing of the books went well. She noted that their special education grant is facing some reduced funding to the tune of $36,000 less than last year. She said those funds are being cut across the state. It is not good news, but she said they will be able to handle it.
Rhonda Slick was hired to replace Gump as the head custodian effective July 8. Slick has been serving as the supervisor of the high school wing.
Board members tabled one portion of their planned modifications of the school's athletic handbook. There was one issue regarding the language of students needing to report at the starting date. As written, the language could be a challenge for students participating in more than one sport when the seasons overlap.
The board is also considering expanding its random drug testing policy to include students beyond athletics. One item discussed was the possibility of implementing random drug tests for students who drive to and from school.
One change in the handbook which is not expected to change is the inclusion of regulations requiring that student athletes are held to their code of conduct all year, not merely during their athletic season.