New principal hired for EMS
Jerry Henn will serve as the next principal of Eudora Middle School, as approved by the Eudora Board of Education during a special meeting on April 27. Henn was selected after an extensive search process, which included formal feedback opportunities for EMS staff members, parents, district administrators, board members and students.
Henn is currently principal at Paola High School, a role he has held for 15 years. Previously, he was principal at Ellinwood Junior-Senior High School in Ellinwood, Kan. He will replace current EMS principal Rich Proffitt, who next year will become superintendent of Southeast of Saline School District in central Kansas.
"Mr. Henn is a great fit for our district," said Superintendent of Schools Don Grosdidier. "He has strong leadership experience and is widely respected in the region as a building administrator. I am excited to have him join our team."
Henn told the interview committee that, as principal of a fellow Frontier League school, he has come to admire the progressive nature of the school district and the strong support shown to the schools by the Eudora community.
After accepting the job at EMS, he added, "I'm excited about this opportunity to become a part of the USD 491 family. The opportunity to work with such dedicated educators at Eudora Middle School will only make my experience better."
Grosdidier also said that he expects Henn's background, which spans grades seven through twelve, will be an asset to the district's secondary programs.
"He understands that middle school students are in the midst of a really critical stage, both academically and developmentally," Grosdidier said. "He is committed to meeting their needs and to helping them be prepared for all the opportunities that will come as they progress to high school and beyond."
Feedback sessions were held with stakeholder groups, and the selection process began with 86 applicants in March. Guided by the feedback, the interview team narrowed the pool, interviewed finalists and made the final selection.
"The selection process was challenging," Grosdidier said. "We worked hard to find the person to lead our middle school next year and to help our district move forward over the coming years. It's gratifying to know that we attracted such outstanding candidates. And after the process we followed, I am confident that Mr. Henn will bring a great set of skills and experience to our district and our entire community."