Dr. Reginald Eggleston will be the new Superintendent of Schools in Geary USD 475.
The Geary USD 475 Board of Education voted 7-0 Monday evening to hire Eggleston. They authorized an interim contract for the new superintendent that will run from April 15th to June 30th, 2019 followed by a two-year contract extending from July 1st, 2019 to June 30th, 2021. He will be paid an annual salary of $185,000 plus fringe benefits.
Board of Education President Tom Brungardt noted that Eggleston was chosen from among 41 applicants for the job. “We think Dr. Eggleston will lead us in the direction we want to go. ” Brungardt stated the Board wants Eggleston to provide leadership. ” We want him to make some significant improvements in our graduation rates, make sure that we are fiscally sound, we want him to help build this new high school that we’re working on.”
Brungardt stated Eggleston was appointed on an interim basis for the Montgomery County school district by the State of Alabama. He worked there for some time and then returned to the Alabama State Department of Education. On the interest in USD 475 the BOE president noted Eggleston was interested in the superintendency, liked the size of the community, liked the military aspect and he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve which appealed to him.
Board member Rina Neal said Eggleston comes with a lot of experience in pre-intervention strategies, and working with the State Department of Education in Alabama. “Working with larger districts such as the Mobile and Montgomery public school systems, has similar demographics and the leadership skills that he brings forth I think will be beneficial to our district.” Neal said Eggleston provided good information on strategies and tools to improve the district, has leadership background from the military and above par professional development skills and good communication practice.
During a public forum in Junction City December 4th Eggleston stated he needed to be visible and in the schools. He referred to his last position in Mobile, Alabama where he was an area superintendent noting he supervised 29 schools and evaluated all 29 principals. “I was in all of my schools at least once a month. And the reason why I was in there is becauses when people say things about the school the only way I’m going to know it’s true or not is that I’ve been in the school.”
Eggleston wants to put a focus on all students, and bring collaboration to the process. “Will allow all of the members of the community to be involved. I think we have to be concerned with the military community because based on what I’ve read 60% of four students have some association to the military. But we also want to make sure that the 40% of students who live here in Junction City and the surrounding area feel that they are a part of the district and that they have a voice as well.”