SCHUYLER — Dan Hoesing, a 33-year education veteran and former superintendent of Alliance Public Schools, was picked March 13 by the Schuyler School Board to replace Superintendent Robin Stevens, who will resign later this year.
Hoesing will start July 1. He was chosen after the board conducted open interviews at the school last week.
School Board President Lumir Jedlicka said after the interviews the board believed Hoesing was the one for Schuyler, given what he has been through in the diversified town of Alliance.
“He is, of course, qualified, with a doctorate and more than 30 years of experience, and we're impressed with that,” Jedlicka said.
Jedlicka said the board also interviewed Phillip Mahan, an educator from Alma, Kan., and Russell Finken, the superintendent of Tri County Schools in Dewitt, but chose Hoesing because he “will keep the district running efficiently.”
“We’re hoping to understand budgeting for the future, and he is very good in that regard,” Jedlicka said. “He claims that he will be very open with the community and in tune with theirs and the board’s desires. He doesn’t have his own agenda, but will drum for our agenda.”
Hoesing said he sought the position out of his desire to move closer to family.
“I was made aware of the opening by the Nebraska Association of School Boards,” he said. “I (already had) told my board that I would not be renewing my contract.”
According to Hoesing’s resume, he has been superintendent in Alliance since 2009. Previously, he was a shared superintendent for the Laurel, Coleridge, Newcastle and Wynot school districts and superintendent for Laurel-Concord Public Schools and Ansley Public Schools. He has been in the education system for 33 years, having also been a teacher, coach and principal.
His candidate letter states he has helped develop diverse programs such as special educations, advanced learning, migrant education, alternative education and transportation and facilities management.
He states that his educational philosophy is to “develop an exciting and challenging learning environment that provides both the learner and the educator opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge to be productive, responsible citizens.”
He also served on numerous committees with Wayne State College, University of Nebraska advisory councils, was appointed to the Governor’s Nebraska Information Technology Commission and is active in the communities where he resides.
“Schuyler has many of the same issues that I faced in Alliance and I felt it would be a good match,” Hoesing said. “I came out and looked at it, was impressed with the system, the board and the administrators. I think I will be a good match for the district.”
Jedlicka did not disclose the terms of Hoesing’s contract, saying it would not be complete until a later date.
Stevens announced in January that he will retire at the end of June.