The Lexington School District is welcoming a new superintendent for the 2014-2015 school year. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross speak with Dr. Dan Hoehn:
Dr. Dan Hoehn talked about the experience he brings to the area. “In prior years, I have worked in a couple other larger districts in Missouri, mostly southwest of St. Louis in the Festus School District,” said Hoehn, “I served as the head coach, district director, dean of students, technology and communication arts instructor. Before that, I was at the DeSoto School District where I was secondary director of education, middle school and high school principal, and one year as athletic director early in my career.”
The superintendent said the decision to come to Lexington seemed like the logical next step in his career. “I have over twenty years of service in education,” said Hoehn, “I feel like I have a good background for the role from teaching some elementary classes years ago to being involved with a secondary campus and then being a director at multiple levels. I feel I can lend a hand in all those areas. Of course, the challenge of leading a district is tough right now. We want to improve learning and dollars are tight, but it’s a good challenge and one I look forward to this year.”
The district will readjust to a five day school week this year after have a four day week for some time. “I think four or five years ago, the prior superintendent felt like this was the best way to really strengthen the district’s resources and help attendance,” said Hoehn, “I think it worked pretty well. It did improve the district’s financial situation, but, from what I understand, folks would rather have a little bit of a shorter day and go five days than maybe those longer four days.”
The community will have the opportunity to visit with Dr. Hoehn during a meet and greet on the courthouse lawn on August 21st at 6:30 p.m.