Citing recurring health issues, Lincoln County School District Superintendent Steve Hansen has given his letter of resignation to the school board.
He said he made the announcement at the October board meeting, and it became official at the November meeting which was held last night.
“I made the announcement in October in order to give the board a heads up, and then in November’s meeting it could be acted on officially, and the board could begin thinking about what they wanted to do to secure a new superintendent.”
Hansen, 56, said, “There are health matters that I am struggling with, things that just aren’t going well for me, and I feel I need to take some time and take care of those things.”
He said he thinks in January he will likely relocate to St. George, Utah, and rejoin his wife Julie, who is already living there, and working at InstaCare, in front of the Dixie Regional Medical Center.
Hansen said he might look for a position in Utah in education, but it might be in some other field as well. “I don’t really have any idea, for I haven’t yet started to do that, but I will always view Lincoln County as my home.”
A lifelong County resident, Hansen was born in Caliente, graduated from Pahranagat Valley High in 1977, took both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at UNLV, taught in Vegas for a time, then returned to Alamo to teach and serve as a counselor at PVHS. He later added a second Master’s degree in administration from Nova Southeastern University, which had a satellite campus in Las Vegas.
He has been school district superintendent for two years, and his contract will end June 30, 2016.
Previously, he served six years under former superintendent Nikki Holton, and also as principal at Pioche Elementary.
The school board will have to decide if they want to promote from within, or advertise for the position outside the district.
He said he recommended the board advertise during November and December and possibly make a selection by the end of the year, so that there could be a six month transition period.
During his tenure, Hansen said he has tried to focus on the kids and their needs, to what they need to help them achieve their goals. “Anything we could do to help kids is what I have tried to focus on, as well as taking care of teachers, making sure the teachers had in their classrooms what they needed to help kids achieve their potential.”
Hansen is also pleased that none of the schools in Lincoln County are on the state’s watch list for underperforming schools. “We looked at the deficiencies and got them corrected.”