Eudora superintendent to resign at end of school year

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Eudora Superintendent Steve Splichal

A change of leadership is coming to the Eudora school district, as Superintendent Steve Splichal on Friday announced his plans to resign at the end of the current school year.

Splichal said in a message to the school district community that he chose to resign, effective June 30, to take a job in Wyoming. The Eudora school board approved the resignation during its meeting Thursday evening.

Mark Dodge, a spokesman for the district, told the Journal-World the district did not yet have a plan for filling the position. He said the district would make an announcement when the school board had finalized a plan.

It’s unclear what Splichal’s job opportunity is in Wyoming, but he said in the message that he and his wife, Julie Splichal, a science teacher at Eudora High School, are excited about it.

“The dream of living and working in the mountains is one that Julie and I have long held since even before we were married,” Splichal said in the message. “As our children have grown older, we have realized that if we are to embrace those dreams, we need to step away from our comfort zone and pursue them. That time has come as our adventure awaits in Wyoming.”

Splichal has not responded to the Journal-World’s request for more information.

Splichal has been the superintendent for Eudora since 2014. Before leading Eudora, Splichal served as the superintendent for the McLouth school district and assistant superintendent for the Hiawatha school district.

In his message, he said the past school year during the coronavirus pandemic had been challenging. He thanked the district staff for coming together to support Eudora’s students. He also credited the Eudora community.

“This past year has been one marked with so many emotions, personal and professional trials, and uncertainty,” Splichal said. “It has also been one where I have witnessed firsthand the great humanity that exists in our school community. When time is spent to reflect, it is easy to find the blessings.”

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