Danedri Thompson

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There’s a new associate principal at Gardner Edgerton High School. Walt Thompson, a retired administrator from Wyandotte High School, temporarily holds the title, according to Leann Northway, USD 231 communications director.

John Duncanson, a former physical education and health teacher at GEHS, was originally hired to replace outgoing GEHS Associate Principal Mark Meyer. However, Duncanson must pass a test to meet state licensing guidelines before assuming the role.

Meanwhile, David Diener has replaced Duncanson in the PE classroom, and Thompson will serve as an interim-temporary associate principal until Duncanson meets state requirements. Duncanson is serving and being paid as a long-term substitute teacher.

In addition to retiring as the principal at Wyandotte High School in 2008, Thompson has served as a middle school principal and an assistant high school principal in Jefferson, Mo., and in the Kansas City, Kan., and Leavenworth school districts. He lives in Olathe.