USD 489 formally hires interim chief
The USD 489 Board of Education voted unanimously Monday afternoon to hire Dean Katt as interim superintendent in a special meeting that lasted fewer than five minutes.
Katt, most recently superintendent of Ottawa schools and originally from Ellis, said he's "ready to make the transition next week."
Katt's contract begins Sept. 1, and runs through Sept. 30, 2014. His monthly salary is $11,360.42, or $147,685.46, for the entire 13-month period.
He will step in for Superintendent Will Roth who is retiring Oct. 1.
Roth, who has been at USD 489 since 1985 and the district's superintendent since 2010, was asked by the board this summer to move his retirement date up from July 1, 2014.
Katt met most the district's building principals at Monday's board meeting and plans to visit the schools today before returning to Ottawa.
* JUDY SHERARD, HDN