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USD 407 Announces New RHS Principal

Josh Stephenson
Josh Stephenson

USD 407 held a special Board of Education meeting on Monday, May 3 to approve the contract of several licensed staff for 2021.

Among these contracts was Josh Stephenson who was named Russell High School Principal.

Stephenson began his career in education in 1997 after graduating from Bethany College in Lindsborg.

He served as physical education and adaptive PE teacher until 2006 in the McPherson Special Educational Cooperative.

In 2006, he moved into administrative roles in California, Kansas and Oklahoma, where he served as an assistant principal, athletic director, and most recently head principal as he and his wife raised their family.

Superintendent Shelly Swayne said, "Mr. Stephenson will be a person whose diverse experience will bring RHS great opportunities to grow and strengthen its already very good work. I'm excited to partner with Josh in our work together."

The staff and leadership are excited to meet Stephenson and get started on the work ahead of them.

His contract begins July 1, 2021.

Stephenson replaces Shawn Henderson who has been hired as the Hays High School Principal.

(Information and photo courtesy USD 407.)