Mahon completes new De Soto High School team
The new administrative team is in place at De Soto High School. Chuck Mahon will be the new assistant principal.
Mahon, whose first day at the school was Monday, will join the school's staff after spending two years as principal at Central Junior-Senior High School in Burden.
Burden is located about 25 miles northeast of Winfield. The rural high school there enrolls students from grades seven-12 who come from four different towns, Mahon said.
Before moving to Burden, Mahon was assistant principal, athletics director and head basketball coach for Phillipsburg High School, a 3A school about 60 miles north of Hays.
Mahon has lived in Kansas for 13 years. He was born in Minnesota and raised in Montana.
Mahon said careers in education were a family tradition: His late father was a teacher, as are several of his siblings.
Besides working with kids, Mahon said he loved golf and the Minnesota Vikings. Bits of memorabilia from both were already unpacked and displayed on his desk Monday.
Mahon has one child of his own from a previous marriage. Four-year-old Isaiah currently lives with his mother, Mahon said.
Superintendent Sharon Zoellner said six candidates were interviewed for De Soto's assistant principal position. Last week, De Soto High School Principal David Morford and district director of classified personnel Lowell Martinie chose Mahon from the finalists, Zoellner said.
Mahon's contract will not be approved until voted on by the Board of Education, which will meet again Monday.
The Board approved Morford's employment as interim principal at its July 13 meeting. He most recently served a four-year tenure as Winfield High School's principal and athletic director.
Morford and Mahon fill spots left behind by former De Soto High School Principal Debbie Lynn and Assistant Principal Tony Collins, respectively. Lynn and Collins both resigned at the end of May for personal reasons.