With his departure, all three top administrative posts are being vacated
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Mike Sorensen, grade 7-12 principal at Chase County Schools, submitted his resignation to Supt. Brad Schoeppey on Monday.
Sorensen, who first arrived at CCS for the 2006-07 school year, will complete his ninth year at the school. The resignation is effective the end of his 2014-15 contract the first of June.
Sorensen’s resignation comes on the heels of last week’s board approval of K-6 Principal Susie Stewart’s resignation as she finishes her second year at CCS. Supt. Schoeppey, completing his third year, also resigned last October.
In an interview Tuesday night, Sorensen said he has accepted a position with Grand Island Northwest (GINW) as Activities Director/Assistant Principal. His position will also involve him in school improvement and evaluation of teachers.
Former CCS superintendent, Matt Fisher, who Schoeppey replaced, is GINW’s superintendent, the position he moved to from Imperial.
Sorensen said family was the biggest reason for his decision to resign.
“It was a good opportunity to be closer to our kids,” he said Tuesday.
Son Isaac graduates this spring from CCS, and will attend Doane College and play football. Daughter Bethany attends Wayne State College in northeast Nebraska.
The move to Grand Island will put Sorensen and wife Nancy, a fourth grade teacher at CCS, an hour and a half from Doane and two and a half hours from Wayne.
Sorensen said his GINW position will not include coaching. For the past eight seasons, Sorensen has been a CCS assistant high school football coach. In his first year here, he also was a volunteer junior high football coach. For several years, he also coached teams in the Imperial youth basketball program.
He said he feels good about the “solid teaching staff” in grades 7-12 he’ll leave behind. The CCS board of education will formally address Soren-sen’s resignation at their next meeting.
Sorensen said his wife Nancy also interviewed in Grand Island last week when he did. As of Wednesday morning, she had not yet submitted a resignation from CCS.
Supt. Schoeppey said the school has started advertising for Sorensen’s position.
Eight applications have been received so far for Stewart’s K-6 principal’s position, he added.
In February, the CCS board of education formally hired Joey Lefdal, now the PK-12 superintendent at Santee Community Schools in Niobrara, to replace Schoeppey.