489 BOE Selects Katt

USD 489 Superintendent Dean Katt

USD 489 Superintendent Dean Katt

After searching for three months USD 489 has a new Superintendent. At Monday night’s Board of Education Meeting the Board voted to make Interim Superintendent Dean Katt the permanent Superintendent.

In October the group, with assistance from the Kansas Association of School Board began searching from a new Superintendent and Dean Katt was one of the first candidates interviewed. After the interview process and the three month search the KASB and the School Board agreed Katt was the best fit.

Board President Greg Schwartz said this isn’t something that the board entered into lightly, “We’ve heard very positive things from the community, from teaches and staff. And just our work with him, I think we’ve got some good momentum heading forward.”

Schwartz went on to say that he believes Superintendent Katt will provide the District with strong leadership as they take on some tough issues facing the School District.

Katt took over as the Interim Superintendent on September 1st. He is a graduate of Fort Hays State University and spent a portion of his youth in Ellis. After teaching in Deerfield and serving as principal in Holccomb, has has worked as a superintendent in Scott City and Ottawa.

  • The board also heard a presentation, from HHS Principal Marty Straub, about the adjustments to the HHS Curriculum Guide for the 2014-15 school year.
  • The SMART Goals that were formed during the Board Retreat in November, were approved by the Board
  • The Board Also authorized the School Board President to sign the Ratified Hays NEA Master Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Good news

    I’ve heard nothing but good things about Dean Katt. Should be a good step for our district.

  • Good luck

    I had a chance to briefly visit with Mr. Katt at the basketball tourney this past weekend and I must say that I was impressed. I’ve seen him at many functions which is something new for this district. Best wishes and I applaud him for accepting the position because I know it’s not the best financial setting right now.

  • Go N.E.A.!

    If the NEA Collective Bargaining Union wants Katt to sign their master plan that’s good enough for me!

  • jackson

    good job. its been shown he’s not afraid to get his point across to the board as well as listen to the board’s thoughts and direction. good fit. now let’s get the board, super,employees on one page.

  • Thrilled!

    What great addition for only $147,000 a year…does that include benefits, travel expenses, & cell phone?

  • Uncle Thomas

    Outstanding news for this community!

    Assuming the responsibilities of 489 with its financial situation, unresolved personnel issues, divided community, state school financing issues…did they give this gentleman a psych evaluation :)?