Scribner-Snyder Supt Ginger Meyer New Chadron Supt

CHADRON – The Chadron School Board has chosen Scribner-Snyder Superintendent Dr Ginger Meyer as the successor to Superintendent Dr Caroline Winchester, who is retiring at the end of June.

Meyer was one of 4 finalists interviewed this week.

Board President Tom Menke, who negotiated the contract with Meyer, says the board will ratify the agreement at its next meeting next month.

Meyer has spent her entire education career in Nebraska, starting in 1994 as a grade school teacher in the Battle Creek District. She spent 12 years as Curriculum, Assessment and Poverty Director for the Broken Bow-based Sandhills Consortium before coming to the Scribner-Snyder district in 2011.

President-elect of the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association, Meyer has degrees from all 3 levels of public post-secondary institutions in Nebraska with a 2-year AA degree from McCook Community College, a Masters from Wayne State, and both her BA and doctorate from UNL.

In her board interview, Meyer described herself as having a superior work ethic and loving to work. She also said she felt an affinity with the Chadron Public Schools because while the district has nearly 3 times as many students as Scribner-Snyder, both have district-wide accreditation through AdvancEd and strategic plans for continuous improvement.

Meyer’s early days at Scribner were also similar to Winchester’s in Chadron as both inherited a backlog of needed facility repairs and upgrades but with few reserves. Both saw bond issues to meet those needs soundly defeated, and both were able to address many of the facility issues over the next few years one at a time within the regular budget.

The Nebraska Association of School Boards acted as a consultant to the Chadron board during the search process and will meet with the board next fall to review how the process went and how it might be improved.

Local stakeholder groups and individuals helped shape the board’s “wish list” for the superintendent and the interview visit of each candidate included meetings with groups from the community, staff, administration.

Menke says he and the rest of the board want to thank all those who invested their time and valuable input into the search process, and they want to welcome Meyer, her husband Deron – also an educator, and their children Nia and Tobin, to Chadron and the Chadron Public Schools.

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