The Haven USD-312 School District has its new superintendent. And as it turns out, he’s not one of the three finalist that were interviewed by the district this week. In a sudden move, the school district announced Thursday afternoon that former Superintendent Rick White has been offered, and accepted the job.
White came to the forefront of the list of candidates suddenly when it became apparent that his position as Director of Operations in the Valley Center School District was to be eliminated due to budget cuts. He held that position in Valley Center since 2006.
Along with being the past Superintendent, White has also handled duties as Principal and Curriculum Director for Haven Schools, and was with the school district for 17 years. He is a Haven resident.
The district had interviewed four other candidates, including three this week. The first, Michael Couch took himself out of the running when he became the Superintendent in Republic County in North Central Kansas. The other three included Sedan School Superintendent Dave Jackson, who interviewed for the job On Wednesday, Halstead Interim Superintendent Thomas Alstrom and Ashland USD-220 Superintendent Bill Day.
White will replace Patrick Call who will step down at the end of June.