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Stenderup to return to teaching

David Mirhadi

Kurt Stenderup, Nevada Joint Union High School District’s top administrator for personnel issues, has resigned his post and will be returning to the classroom for the 2004-05 school year.

Stenderup, who has held various positions at both Nevada Union High School and the district office since 1977, did not return calls for comment Thursday. Maggie Deetz, superintendent of the 4,300-student high school district, said Stenderup is simply looking for new challenges.

She praised Stenderup for steering the high school district through a difficult year in 2003-04. At the beginning of the year, Stenderup, Deetz and former Nevada Union High School Principal Margaret Christensen served as interim superintendents before the board formally named Deetz to the post last winter.

“He’s been a huge help and a lot of support to me this year,” Deetz said.

As the district’s chief labor negotiator with the Nevada Union High School Teachers Association, Stenderup was forced to issue layoff notices to certified teachers the past two years.

In a previous interview, teachers union President Dan Kemp said Stenderup and the administration worked hard to minimize layoffs during a time of decreased enrollment and the state’s shaky finances. In March, layoff notices were sent to 17 district employees, down from 34 teachers targeted for layoff before the start of the 2003-04 school year.

“We’re at the whim of the state, and that’s what (made) this so hard,” Kemp said after layoff notices were issued in March. “Nobody knows for sure what’s going to happen.”

Kemp did not return a call for comment Thursday.

Stenderup has been a district employee since 1977 and has served as a counselor and principal at Nevada Union High School, as well as head girls basketball coach, before moving into his current position at the district office.

Stenderup’s wife, Jane, a history teacher at Nevada Union, is retiring from the district at the end of the year.

The district has set a June 4 application deadline for the assistant superintendent position. In addition to negotiating contracts for both teaching and staff positions, the assistant superintendent for personnel and instruction is in charge of special education services. This year, Stenderup was also responsible for overseeing the district’s embattled information systems and technology department that was criticized in a report by a state crisis management team.

Deetz said that no one from within the district has expressed interest in the position yet. The job begins July 1.


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