Dan Wessel

Dan Wessel

An Atchison County native has been hired to lead Lansing USD 469.

Dan Wessel, who hails from Effingham and graduated from Atchison County Community High School along with his wife, Kristie (Scherer) Wessel, recently learned of his appointment by the USD 469 Board of Education. The board members made the decision to hire Wessel among four candidates, and extend him a two-year contract, on Feb. 6, according to USD 469’s website.

Wessel has served as the interim superintendent for the current schoolyear since the resignation of former Superintendent Darrel Stufflebeam. Wessel will officially begin his position as superintendent on July 1, the start of the 2020-21 school year.

Wessel will earn an annual salary of $141,818, according to a Leavenworth Times report.

Wessel has served the Lansing district in various capacities throughout the past 23 years, such as a math and computer teacher, and then later as the assistant principal at Lansing High School. In 2011 Wessel served as the assistant superintendent and technology director, according to the district’s website until his interim appointment. In his current role, Wessel oversees a student body comprising more than 2,500 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Kansas State High School Activities indicate Lansing High School is classified as Class 5A, with an enrollment of 859 students.

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