Wimmer’s hiring strong choice for district
Although there remains much to be answered about issues surrounding Superintendent Sharon Zollner’s resignation of two weeks ago, the De Soto USD 232 Board of Education is quickly moving forward.
In short order, the De Soto USD 232 Board of Education decided to hire a one-year interim superintendent and then announced Ron Wimmer, a 14-year superintendent of the Olathe school district, was hired to fill that position.
There is much merit in hiring an interim superintendent. It will allow the new board to find its identity and thoroughly determine just what it wants from a superintendent and its administrative structure as a whole.
The decision was made even more viable with the hiring of Wimmer, who lives in the nearby Olathe Cedar Creek neighborhood, to fill the interim position. He provides instant credibility to the post and shows the Board respects and expects a strong voice in the interim role.
Wimmer guided Olathe through even greater growth than that which has caused so much trouble in the De Soto district. In doing so Wimmer gained experience in what is probably the most difficult aspects of the De Soto job — balancing the needs and expectations of the different communities that make up the school district. Although not split among as many actual cities as USD 232, the Olathe district too saw its established community eclipsed by newer neighborhoods as the result of growth.
Wimmer’s reputation and contacts should attract solid candidates to replace him and he will have adequate time to evaluate any internal candidates interested in the job. It is exciting that the Board has such an experienced hand to advise them in that important decision.