GOTHENBURG — The Gothenburg Board of Education has chosen Todd Rhodes as the next superintendent of Gothenburg Public Schools, according to board president Nate Wyatt.
Rhodes, who replaces Superintendent Dr. Michael Teahon, will assume his leadership duties beginning July 1.
The Gothenburg School Board was committed to a rigorous superintendent search process and with providing the community clear and comprehensive information that began last April, a press release said.
Focus groups and community meetings provided input on the desired qualities of the next superintendent. GPS received over 20 applications for the position.
“The desire for so many prospective candidates to work at GPS is evidence of Dr. Teahon’s legacy and the current administrative team’s expectation for excellence within the district,” Wyatt said.
In reference to the four finalists, Wyatt said the candidates presented many strengths to further the mission of GPS, creating a challenging decision.
Interviews were conducted over two days. Candidates interviewed with breakout groups composed of certificated staff, classified staff, administration and community leaders before meeting with the board.
Following the second day of interviews on Wednesday, a unanimous motion passed to extend the offer to Rhodes, who accepted.
Rhodes grew up around and graduated from Stromsburg. He comes from Maxwell Public Schools, where he is currently serving his sixth year as superintendent for the district.
He resides in North Platte with his wife, Darlene. They have four children, the youngest of which will transition with them to Gothenburg.
Before Maxwell, Rhodes had the following administrative experiences:
- High School Principal — North Platte Public Schools from 2010-13.
- Middle School Principal — Adams Middle School, North Platte, 2006-10.
- High School Principal — Sidney Public Schools, Sidney, 2004-06.
- High School Principal — Shelton Public Schools, Shelton, 2001-04.
- Building Principal — Bruning-Davenport Unified Schools, Davenport, 1999-2001.
Beyond Rhodes’s experience, the board also took into consideration other qualities.
According to Wyatt, Rhodes was identified as a transformational leader, bringing a combination of visionary and collaborative qualities that will positively advance existing teams and processes at GPS.
Another very positive strength is Rhodes’s experience with the Professional Learning Community process.
His familiarity with how funding and budgets impact schools is a boon, according to Wyatt.
“Mr. Rhodes clearly demonstrated an innate knowledge of school funding and budgeting,” said Wyatt. “The BOE feels strongly about having a district leader capable of successfully navigating GPS through the unpredictable future of school funding.”
Wyatt, speaking for the board, expressed eagerness to get Rhodes started at the district.
“We’re excited to start the onboarding process with Rhodes and continue the tradition of expecting excellence at Gothenburg Public Schools.”