Archive for Thursday, February 3, 2011

Hiawatha school administrator new McLouth superintendent

February 3, 2011

The McLouth school district has hired a Hiawatha administrator to be its next superintendent.

The board approved the hire of Steven Splichal, who is assistant superintendent in the Hiawatha school district.

“My wife and I are very excited to have the opportunity to go to McLouth, Kansas,” Splichal said. “It’s a very good school district.

“Lots of great people there and solid staff. I’m just very excited about that. I think they’re doing good things for kids. I’m glad to be part of that.”

Splichal, who turns 40 today, earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Kansas State University and later a master’s degree in education administration from Benedictine College in Atchison, where he taught at Atchison Middle School for five years. He also taught for one year before that in Beloit.

Originally from Belleville, Splichal became principal at Hiawatha Middle School in 2000 and in 2005 became assistant superintendent for the Hiawatha school district.

His wife, Julie, currently is an eighth-grade science teacher at Hiawatha Middle School. They have three children: daughters Lauryn, an eighth-grader, and Camryn, a fifth-grader; and a son, Garrett, who is a second-grader.

McLouth board clerk Lorie Patterson said Splichal is to begin his post in McLouth on July 1, but salary and benefit particulars were not yet available. She said she anticipated having that information next week.

Splichal was one of three finalists to interview for the position this past week. Patrons had a chance to meet each of the finalists during receptions that took place the day each candidate interviewed with the board. Other finalists were Christopher Korb, principal at Tecumseh North Elementary School in the Shawnee Heights school district, and Brian Pekarek, schools superintendent at Clifton-Clyde.

Splichal will replace Jean Rush, whose contract McLouth board members voted not to renew in October. Her contract expires at the end of the academic year. This past week, she was hired as the new superintendent of schools at Holcomb. Rush became McLouth superintendent in 1999.

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