Denise O'Dea
Denise O’Dea

As KMAN previously reported, Wamego’s USD 320 Board of Education is in search of a new Superintendent.

At Monday’s meeting, Kansas Association of School Boards Director of Leadership Services, Brian Jordan went over the search procedure with the resignation of Superintendent Denise O’Dea.

The Board voted to use the services of the KASB, who is coordinating the search process and will be involved in walking the Board through the entire process of the search up to the negotiations.

KASB is not involved in the negotiation process.

According to Jordan, the opening was posted on March 11, and there are several applications received to date.

In other business, the Board approved the request for an additional staff member for the Middle School.

Principal Vici Jennings and Kelli Grieves made the request.

They based their request on the current enrollment of 324, and anticipating an increase of 45 students next year.

Jennings said without the additional staff, class size in sixth grade would be at 29, with both seventh and eighth grades seeing increases in class sizes too.

The board approved the hire with O’Dea confirming the District could pay for this position with the retirement of five teachers.

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