This summer has brought about a number of changes within the Arkansas City Public Schools leadership team.
“The retirement of Jeri Crumbliss and transition of Braden Smith into district office started a ripple effect,” USD 470 Superintendent Dr. Ron Ballard said. “We’re facing change, but change can be good and I believe we’ll have a good mix of experience and fresh perspective this year.”
Robert Onelio, previous Jefferson Elementary principal, stepped into the head principal role at Arkansas City Middle School. Marge Hernandez continues to serve as assistant principal there and the district added a second assistant principal, Zach Wiederstein, who will also serve as the assistant athletic director.
Arkansas City High School’s previous assistant principal, Lauren Rosales, will now lead Jefferson Elementary. The other assistant principal, Nicole Perez, took a principal position in another district. Jeremy Truelove now will be assisted by Chanel Switzer and Amanda Lowrance.
Lowrance grew up in Jerome, Idaho and moved to Osage City in 2003. She has lived in Andover the past 16 years and is in the process of moving to Belle Plaine with her husband, Patrick, and their five children. She has a master’s degree in educational leadership, worked for Wichita Public Schools for 13 years as an elementary teacher, assistant principal and early childhood coordinator, and last year served Goessel Public Schools in an administrative position.
Switzer is from Valley Center, where she lives with her three children. She graduated from Cowley College, Southwestern College, has a master’s degree in school leadership from Baker University, and has served as an elementary teacher in Valley Center for several years.
“We’re very excited to have them join our team and I look forward to seeing how they will advance our goals and mission,” Truelove said. “They have tremendous energy and passion for young people and their individual and collective strengths will help our students achieve their goals.”
Adams Elementary will also experience change with the addition of Jackie Gonzales. Gonzales has taught at Frances Willard the past few years and will now work alongside Adams Principal Rosann Meier.
“I have the utmost confidence in our new team, district-wide,” Ballard said. “I think everyone will complement each other well and I look forward to seeing what all our staff, students and community members can accomplish together this year.”