Archive for Tuesday, January 25, 2011

McLouth superintendent hired to lead Holcomb district

January 25, 2011


McLouth school superintendent Jean Rush has been hired to lead 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, which starts July 1 and includes an annual salary of $105,000. 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, the official said.

Rush, who earns about $80,000 annually in McLouth, 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.

Even if Rush had not been hired in Holcomb, she would have left McLouth this year. 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.

The McLouth school board is interviewing applicants, and school officials have said they could have a new superintendent selected by the end of this week.


angel4dennis 6 years, 10 months ago

Congratulations Mrs. Rush! I know you will do well out there and my family will greatly miss you!

swksgirl 6 years, 10 months ago

I agree with imatstinker, what does that mean? i hope that you are from that area and know what you are talking about. Because that is my home town and I don't think you know what that town has gone through with superintendents over the last 10 years. They are good people in Holcomb who want the same thing everyone else does, a good and fair education for their children. I hope that Mrs. Rush enjoys being out there and we need a good Superintendent in Holcomb.

Deja Coffin 6 years, 10 months ago

Wasn't there a lot of controversy around her and the reason why the school board decided not to renew her contract????

swksgirl 6 years, 10 months ago

Superintendents always face some type of controversy, there are those who like them and those who don't, just like principals. Sometimes its just a clash of personalities. Take Holcomb's last superintendent for example, good ole boy from Texas who over half of the town wanted out, but the other half supported. His contract was renewed with a great raise for himself, then he interviewed for a job back in Texas and was able to get offered more than what he had gotten on the raise. Then left Holcomb in shambles after all the "changes" he made. I.E. forcing some teachers into quitting because he was going to repurpose them into jobs they weren't even qualified to do. Although his wife, who taught 5th grade, didn't have to make those changes....wonder why? That town needs a good person, and I hope she is it. Keep in mind Holcomb has had an interim superintendent this whole school year.

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