BURNSIDE - Rich Stoffers is the new superintendent of Southeast Webster Grand Community School District.
Stoffers has been an educator for more than 35 years. He spent 19 years as an elementary physical education teacher and coach at Winside, Neb., and 16 years at Coon Rapids-Bayard Community School District, where he was both superintendent and elementary principal.
"I am excited about Mr. Stoffers coming on board," Dustin Hector, SWG board president, said. "In the short time he has already been in the district he has been very involved in attending different events and meeting different community members. We are looking forward to his leadership as we begin the next stages of our journey as a school district."
Stoffers said he is eager to take on the role.
"Sometimes, after so many years in a district, it's just very rewarding to take on some new challenges and get a different feeling or understanding of how other districts operate and do business," he said. "One door seemingly closed, but there are other opportunities out there, other doors open. I'm excited to work with the faculty here, and I understand we have some great students here."
Stoffers steps into the role following the approval of the whole-grade and activities sharing agreements with Prairie Valley Community School District. SWG in Burnside serves as a joint middle school for the districts, and their activities share the Southeast Valley Jaguars banner.
"I'm excited about the opportunities with the whole-grade sharing arrangement," Stoffers said. "Hopefully, we'll be able to make everything fall in line here in the fall as we prepare for the first day of school."
He added, "It's exciting, yet there's many challenges and there's some anxieties because there's many unknowns."
Stoffers' favorite thing about being an educator is getting to know his students.
"Being in a district for 16 years as I was, I was able to get to know the 4-year-olds and I was there long enough to see them walk across the stage and graduate," he said. "You see those successful moments when the lightbulb comes on in the classroom, you see teachers and students interacting to do great things, and just the dedicated efforts of students and staff and the community, working together so our kids are having a great time and they're challenged. That's the most rewarding thing for me."