McPherson's BOE Continues Process to Fill Open Board Position after Delay Caused by Superintendent Crawford's Sudden Departure

By Jolyn Johnston-Myers
November 30, 2016

The McPherson School Board is getting back on track in the process of appointing a new board member after the early resignation last summer of former board member Rhonda Wince.

The board had originally planned to start interviewing applicants by this time, but the situation with the resignation of McPherson’s school superintendent Mark Crawford put a hold on the process.

As school board President Jeff Johnson explained at Monday night’s meeting, “We received these [board member] applicants by the end of September, but in light of things we were working on, it just didn’t seem appropriate to invite someone in until we had made the decision that had been made.”

Since Wince's early resignation in June, the McPherson school board has been operating with six members. Starting in January, the board hopes to interview the three people who have applied to fill the seventh spot, with the intention of filling the position by the end of February.

Gordon Mohn, who is currently serving as McPherson’s interim school superintendent, took a moment to thank the board members for their support after Crawford’s sudden official resignation that was effective November 17.

“First off, I’d like to thank you for the confidence you’ve shown in me in asking me to fill in this position," Mohn said, addressing the board members. "I’m happy to do it. I’m honored to do it. I’m eager to serve the district. But I appreciate you being willing to give me this opportunity.”

Mr. Mohn also commented on how he views his current role as interim superintendent as the board and USD 418 seek to fill the position permanently.

“So in the next several months, as the board makes decisions about future leadership, it’s important that we continue to provide the highest quality service to our kids, to our staff, to our community,” Mohn continued. “My role will be to help the day-to-day activities go on, and make sure that we continue to do that, to ensure that we keep things going well.”

Board members will start the search for a new school superintendent for McPherson’s USD 418 in the early months of 2017.