Superintendent accepts position in Holcomb; finalists interviewing for her post in McLouth
Outgoing McLouth school superintendent Jean Rush has accepted the same position at a district near Garden City.
Rush has been hired as superintendent in Holcomb, a school official there said Tuesday. She agreed to a two-year contract with an annual salary of $105,000 starting July 1. She also is to receive $5,160 annually in health insurance benefits and a one-time moving expense stipend of $9,000. The school board approved her as its new superintendent during a special meeting Friday, and she also accepted the job Friday, the official said.
Rush had been superintendent at McLouth since 1999.
She had been assistant superintendent in the Nickerson-South Hutchinson school district from 1993 to 1999 before becoming superintendent in McLouth. The McLouth district has 500 students in three schools, all educated within a single building serving rural areas of western Jefferson County a small portion of Leavenworth County.
“If you can make it more than 10 years and maintain continuity in a program, then you’ve got something going for you,” said Demitry Evancho, the Holcomb district's interim superintendent.
In October, members of the McLouth school board agreed that they would not extend her contract; by the end of the month, Rush had submitted her resignation, effective at the end of the academic year.
Ed Courtney, a member of the McLouth school board, said that there “had been some differences” between Rush and school principals, contributing to the decision to seek a new leader.
“She’d been here for a while, and we thought it was time for a new face,” Courtney said. “She’s actually very good with her job — very good financially, with numbers and stuff like that. But we’ve got some new board members on, and they were for a change.”
Rush earns about $80,000 a year in McLouth, a salary Courtney expects to increase for the next superintendent. The McLouth board members are meeting at 5:30 p.m. today to narrow the field of 10 applicants to four finalists, who will be scheduled for interviews next week in McLouth.
Courtney said board members could have a new superintendent selected by the end of this week.
McLouth has narrowed its search to three finalists, all of whom had or will have the opportunity to meet the public.
The first candidate, Christopher Korb, interviewed with the board Monday and also met with the public. Korb currently works in the Shawnee Heights school district.
Receptions for the remaining two candidates will be 3:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m. today and Thursday in the school library. Lorie Patterson, board clerk, said the board isn’t releasing names of candidates until the day of the interviews.