The Spring Hill Board of Education has been focused on the district’s long-term leadership plan in order to ensure that the district remains strong and continues to build on its successes. At a Feb. 10 meeting, board members unanimously selected Wayne Burke as district superintendent-elect beginning March 1, 2014.
In addition, the board approved Burke to become superintendent, following current superintendent Bart Goering’s official retirement date of June 30, 2015. Goering, who has been superintendent of the district for more than 20 years, has poised the district for many future successes, including hiring excellent administrators and teachers as well as ensuring the district is financially sound.
“Selecting a new leader for the school district is the single most important decision that a board makes,” said Nels G. Anderson, board president. “The goal was continued successes by students and staff members through a strong partnership between the board and new superintendent.”
As part of the board’s superintendent search, a cross-section of stakeholders participated in focus groups in order to help the board understand the desired characteristics of a new superintendent. The board seriously considered these characteristics when making a final decision about the long-term leadership of the district.
“As board members, we strongly believe that Dr. Burke is a great fit for both the characteristics desired by our stakeholders in the district and the communities that we serve as well as for the culture of our district,” said Anderson. “We are delighted to announce Dr. Burke as the district’s next superintendent and look forward to a long partnership with him, as he builds on Dr. Goering’s strong legacy.”
Burke, who is currently the Spring Hill School District’s assistant superintendent will be focused on enhancing his knowledge of the superintendent’s position, shadowing Goering, and ensuring a smooth transition. On July 1, 2015, Burke will move into the superintendent’s position.
Beginning in 1997, Burke was the assistant high school principal and activities director of Spring Hill High School for four years and principal for another five years. He left the Spring Hill School District in 2006 to serve as the assistant superintendent for human resources in the Derby School District in Derby, Kan. He returned to the Spring Hill School District in 2009 to serve in his current position for the last five years.
Burke has his doctorate of education from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in education administration from Emporia State University and a bachelor’s degree in business education from Kansas State University. He also is a member of numerous national and state level professional organizations as well as local community groups.