House school system’s new interim superintendent, Donna McGee, recently took the position. McGee said she was contacted by a member of the House School board to join the administrative staff.
She replaces superintendent Art Brokenbek who resigned to take a position with a school in Texas.
Here is a short take from McGee’s point of view:
Q: What inspired you to start an educational career?
A: I come from a long family history of teachers. My grandmother, sister, brother-in-law, two aunts and two nieces all are teachers. You could say it is in my blood.
Q: How long have you been involved in education?
A: For 34 years. I retired last year from Lake Arthur after four years of being their superintendent. Before that, I was a teacher and building administrator with Cloudcroft High School for 22 years and I was a teacher at Liberal, Kan., for eight years.
Q: Why are you ready to return to work after such a short retirement?
A: Pursuing a career in education has always been a passion of mine.
House has an excellent school system, staff and community, and that made it so easy to come out of retirement.
Q: Will you be looking to make this a full time position?
A: I am just here until the board can locate a full-time superintendent. Until then I will be working with the staff, students and parents in order to have a productive school year.
Q: The Learning Center is part of the school. Are you responsible for that as well?
A: Yes. The Learning Center is a part of our school district and is an outstanding component for our school. It is an excellent program for those who wish to continue and complete their education and graduate.
Q: What are some of the goals you hope to accomplish at your time at House?
A: My goal is to maintain and improve the excellent program they already have in place at House Schools.