USD 329 hires superintendent

Emma Alderman | editor in chief

Wabaunsee hired a new superintendent at its meeting Monday night.

Dr. Troy Pitsch graduated from Arkansas State University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Social Studies Education. He then went on to earn his Masters degree in Education Administration at Texas State University and PhD in Education Policy and Planning from the University of Texas. Pitsch spent time in Alma as a child, attending both public school and St. John Lutheran.

Pitsch currently serves as an Instructional Improvement Officer for the Kansas City, KS Public School District. Some of his duties in this role have included principal supervision of the five high schools and two alternative campuses, KESA accreditation, principal and assistant principal leadership development, and learning & assessment data reporting and evaluation.

Pitsch released a statement after the announcement. “I am deeply honored to be given the opportunity to work with the USD 329 Board of Education and district staff to support the strong focus on teaching and learning for our Chargers.  It was in evidence to me as we visited district sites and talked with stakeholders that Wabaunsee County remains a very special place to live, learn, and grow. Words cannot truly express how exciting it will be to spend time reconnecting and listening to our school community as we plan for the future of our district. I look forward to getting to know each of you in the months ahead as we carry on the great work of growing our children.”

Other Board Notes 

The board discussed the next steps for a bond, but ultimately no action was taken. There was also a COVID-19 update and currently there is only one positive student case and no staff cases in the district. The March board meeting was moved from March 14 to March 7. 

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