District Hires Superintendent

A new superintendent has been hired for the Conestoga Public School District. Dr. Beth Johnsen is currently the superintendent for the Friend, Nebraska school district.

The Conestoga Board of Education made Dr. Johnsen its unanimous choice after interviewing four candidates on Saturday.

From his perspective, Conestoga School Board President Gary Todd says Dr. Johnsen stood out because of her well-rounded experience, especially in such areas as budgeting, special education and activities. He thinks her “business sense” will serve the district well.

Dr. Johnsen was not available for an interview on Monday.

Twenty-nine candidates from six states applied for the position being vacated by Mark Sievering who officially submitted his resignation in September after telling board members several months earlier that 2011-12 would likely be his last year with the district. Sievering has been at Conestoga since the summer of 2003.

“We were very pleased with the pool of candidates,” says Todd. “In choosing the final four, it was not a case of just finding third and fourth candidates to interview. It was really a case of narrowing it down.”

Johnsen begins her duties July 1st.

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