Gothenburg Public Schools choose Todd Rhodes as next Superintendent

Published: Jan. 22, 2019 at 2:32 PM CST
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Gothenburg Public Schools hired Todd Rhodes as their next Superintendent. Rhodes is currently the Superintendent for Maxwell, a job he has had for six years. Rhodes will start July 1st.

Rhodes will replace Mike Teahon, who is retiring.

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. Focus groups and community meetings provided extensive input on the desired qualities of the next superintendent.

In reference to the four finalists, Wyatt commented that 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, January 16, a unanimous motion passed to extend the offer to Mr. Rhodes, which he accepted.

Mr. Rhodes grew up around and graduated from Stromsburg, NE. He comes from Maxwell Public Schools where he is currently serving his sixth year as superintendent for the district. He resides in North Platte his wife, Darlene. They have four children; the youngest will transition with them to Gothenburg. Before Maxwell, Rhodes had the following administrative experiences:

• High School Principal—North Platte Public Schools from 2010-2013,

• Middle School Principal—Adams Middle School, North Platte, NE from 2006-2010

• High School Principal—Sidney Public Schools, Sidney, NE 2004-2006

• High School Principal—Shelton Public Schools, Shelton, NE 2001-2004

• Building Principal—Bruning-Davenport Unified Schools, Davenport, NE 1999-2001

Beyond Mr. Rhodes’s experience, many additional characteristics guided the Board to select him. According to Wyatt, Mr. 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 Mr. Rhodes’s experience with the Professional Learning Community (PLC) process. The BOE views the PLC process as a district priority and has invested significant time and resources into this essential endeavor. Additionally, “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.”

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