Archive for Thursday, May 11, 2006

Deghand hired as new AD

May 11, 2006

De Soto High School is getting a local activities director after all.

After being notified Monday that Richard Bechard, who had been hired for the position in March, would not be coming to De Soto, the district quickly turned to current coach and physical education instructor Steve Deghand.

Deghand has been an employee at De Soto High School for four years. He has taught physical education and served as head baseball coach. Before coming to De Soto, Deghand spent 10 years in the Turner school district as a science instructor.

Deghand earned his bachelor's degree from Emporia State University and a master's from Ball State University in Indiana.

The new activities director will replace Roy Hawley, who is retiring this year.

Deghand will also serve as activities director at Lexington Trails Middle School.

Deghand accepted a $60,000 contract for the position that will begin in July.

Some DHS approached the board in April, concerned that an in-house candidate for the activities director had not been hired.

DHS senior Kasey Willnauer said he was concerned about the general atmosphere of the school and wanted an administrator more familiar with the community.

In March, Bechard had originally accepted the position. Currently an activities director and assistant principal at Holton, Bechard will take his 15 years of administrative experience to Blue Valley next year. He'll get a district-level administrator position and $20,000 more than what De Soto was able to offer. De Soto schools had offered him $65,000.

Alvie Cater, director of communications, said the district was disappointed that Bechard was unable to begin his contract at De Soto, but understood the opportunity available to him.

Cater said the district was pleased to hire Deghand.

"He had already interviewed for the position," Cater said. "His experience will be an asset to our programs."

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