Edna hires new superintendent
Jennifer Lee Preyss
Dec. 16, 2013 at 6:16 a.m.
Updated Dec. 17, 2013 at 6:17 a.m.
• NAME: Robert O'Connor
• TITLE: Edna school district superintendent
• START DATE: Tuesday
• EDUCATION: Educational specialist
• EXPERIENCE: Columbus school district, 10 years total, superintendent, 41/2 years; Holcomb USD 363 in Holcomb, Kan., superintendent, 21/2 years
• FAMILY: Wife, Lori O'Connor; sons, Landon, Logan and Lane
Edna school district students will ring in the New Year with a new superintendent - Robert O'Connor.
On Tuesday, O'Connor begins his contract with the school district, transitioning into the position held by interim superintendent Donald Egg.
When students return from Christmas vacation Jan. 6, O'Connor will be ready to step into the new position solo.
"Edna has a good reputation academically and with extra-curricular activities," O'Connor said Monday, discussing his decision to apply for the superintendency.
"It's a good, family atmosphere, and I was impressed with what Edna had to offer."
O'Connor was one of seven applicants interviewed for the position, said Edna School Board President Patrick Brzozowski.
And with O'Connor's previous experience and successful tenures as superintendent with Columbus school district and Holcomb USD 363 in Holcomb, Kan., Brzozowski said board members thought O'Connor would be a good fit.
"We're very excited to have Mr. O'Connor on board. It will be a real positive for the district," Brzozowski said. "He had some very good experiences in all his roles in education through the years, and that really made him a successful candidate."
Egg has served as interim superintendent since October, replacing Bob Wells, who resigned in June.
"I've enjoyed the last three months I've been here, and I've had the opportunity to see a lot of people I haven't seen in a while," said Egg, a native of Edna. "I think (Robert) will do well here. He's got a lot of great experience to bring with him."
O'Connor and his wife, Lori O'Connor, are also enrolling two of their three sons at the high school.
Landon O'Connor will begin as a freshman, and Logan O'Connor will enroll as a junior.
Their third son, Lane O'Connor, is grown and works as a coach for Columbus school district.
The new superintendent said he doesn't have immediate plans to change the district but rather to spend his first few weeks taking inventory of its operations.
"Anytime you come in as a new person, you have to see what's working and what can be tweaked," he said. "You're always looking to see if you can't accent the strengths that are already there.