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By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
School board members have the task of finding another administrator for the 2015-16 school year.
Susie Stewart, K-6 principal at Chase County Schools, resigned her position effective at the end of her current 2014-15 contract. Board members approved the resignation 8-0 at their meeting Tuesday night.
The board just finalized a contract for a new superintendent at last month’s meeting. CCS Supt. Brad Schoeppey is leaving his position effective July 1 after three years at Chase County Schools. The board hired Joey Lefdal of Yankton, So. Dak. to replace Schoeppey.
Stewart’s resignation comes as she completes her second year in the position. In February, board members approved a new contract for Stewart that increased her 2015-16 salary by 9 percent from $71,500 to $78,000.
In her letter of resignation dated Feb. 27, Stewart wrote, “This decision was not an easy one and involved many hours of thoughtful consideration.
“I am confident, however, that this represents a positive move toward fulfilling my career goals.”
She expressed gratitude for “a rewarding professional opportunity” as elementary principal at Chase County Schools. She added that she’ll work hard to complete her duties “to make Chase County Elementary School a great learning environment for all and turn over my responsibilities as smoothly as possible.”
She concluded that she will miss the students and many of the staff who were “so kind to me.”
Stewart gave no other information on her future plans.
Stewart was hired by the school board in May 2013 to replace Elementary Principal Pat Lane, who also served as principal for two years.
This was Stewart’s first job as a principal after earning her Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership from Doane College. She also holds a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, also from Doane, awarded in 2005.
She and her husband Rex moved here from Friend, Neb. She had been employed as a grade 4-6 teacher at McCool Junction and also served as the Curriculum and Assessment Director.
Stewart’s resignation was approved Tuesday with no comment from the board. About 15 teachers and other staff were in attendance.
She had informed the elementary teaching staff of her resignation at a meeting last week.
Supt. Schoeppey said he had already received three applications for the K-6 principal’s position. He began advertising online shortly after receiving her resignation letter.
On Wednesday this week, ads for the position were also scheduled to start a seven-day run in the Omaha World-Herald, he said.
Board members briefly discussed the hiring process once a pool of applicants is received.
Two staff members will join Supt. Schoeppey and board members Jeff Olsen, Karl Meeske and Sheila Stromberger on a committee to narrow the applicants to the group to be interviewed. The teachers on the committee will be chosen by the staff with those names to be submitted to the board by early next week.
A tentative meeting was set for next Friday, March 20, after school to begin that process, according to board discussion Tuesday night.