Kyle Finke

The Summerland School has a new superintendent.

Kyle Finke was chosen as the next superintendent on a 6-0 vote by the school board. Finke has more than 30 years of experience in education. He currently serves as the elementary principal for Battle Creek Public School.

Finke will serve as the second superintendent in the history of the Summerland School district. He is expected to begin July 1.

Four finalists were recently selected and Interviews for the position were conducted last week, Monday through Thursday, at the Summerland Golf Course. Candidates selected for interviews were Kyle Finke, elementary principal at Battle Creek; Kevin Finkey, superintendent at Sumner-Edyville-Miller; Lori Liggett, superintendent at Gordon-Rushville; and Dr. Joel D. Applegate, superintendent at Oberlin, Kans. Seventeen candidates applied for the position; however, three withdrew due to accepting positions at other schools.

The schedule included tours of the Orchard, Ewing and Clearwater communities, along with meetings with community stakeholders, students, principals, certified staff and classified staff. Each candidate had a meal with board members before their formal interview.

Finke will succeed Dale Martin, current Summerland superintendent, who announced his retirement in December. His contract runs through June 30.

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