Eudora school district names new superintendent

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New Eudora school district superintendent Stu Moeckel.

The Eudora school district has found its next leader.

The school district announced Tuesday that it has selected Stu Moeckel as the district’s new superintendent. Moeckel will take over the position on July 1 and will replace outgoing Superintendent Steve Splichal.

Splichal previously announced that he planned to resign at the end of the school year.

Moeckel, who is currently serving as the superintendent and high school principal for the Madison-Virgil school district in Greenwood County, was one of three candidates considered for the position, the Journal-World previously reported.

“Mr. Moeckel emerged from a very thorough search process as the right candidate to lead Eudora Schools,” Eudora school board President Mark Chrislip said in a news release. “The Board is certain in our choice of Mr. Moeckel, and is confident that under his leadership, Eudora USD 491 (will) continue to be recognized as a top-quality school district.”

Prior to his position with the Madison-Virgil school district, Moeckel served as high school principal in Victoria and as a high school teacher in Victoria and Russell, according to his resume. He has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Fort Hays State University.

Moeckel’s current school district accepted his resignation on Monday prior to his appointment in Eudora, according to the Emporia Gazette. His wife, Summer Moeckel, also resigned from her position as a fourth grade teacher.

The Madison-Virgil school board president, Jeff Williams, reportedly became emotional about their resignations and said the board was “very appreciative” of the Moeckels and that it would be difficult to replace them.

A spokesman for the Eudora school district did not immediately respond to the Journal-World’s question Wednesday morning about whether Summer Moeckel would join the district’s teaching staff.

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