AHS Principal James “Bryon” Hanson is moving on.

Hanson has resigned for a new position as the superintendent of schools at the Callaway, Nebraska School District. USD 409 Board of Education members accepted Hanson’s position at their regular meeting Monday, April 8, effective June 30.

“Thank you for being a game changer,” 409 Board Vice-president Carrie Sowers said. Other board members present also thanked Hanson for his seven years of service with the district.

Board members appointed Sowers, fellow Board Members Rick Zumbrunn and Sean Crittendon to serve on the AHS Principal Screening & Interview Team to seek Hanson’s replacement. The proposed timeline is to screen applicants Friday, April 26. Team members expect to interviews Thursday, May 1, contingent on the number of applicants to interview.

Hanson, a Johnson County native, will take over the berth to lead what he described as a small rural school district in the middle of Nebraska. If the district were located in Kansas, it would be classified as 1A. Constituents of the Callaway district are known as the Bears and are part of a sports cooperative with the Bobcats of a neighboring school district, Hanson said. The two districts are about 20 miles apart from one another.

The Callaway community has economic strengths to recommend it, Hanson said. It is a small town with a hospital, a few restaurants, businesses and a school all within a short walking distance of each other.

Hanson originally came to USD 409 to serve as principal at Atchison Middle School. His last four of the seven years with the district has been principal at Atchison High School. Hanson was one of the three final candidates for consideration to replace Superintendent Susan Myers, who will retire at the end of June and be replaced by Garden City school leader Renee Scott.

Hanson has worked a total of 16 years in public education and is currently seeking his doctorate. The son of educators, Hanson was something of a late-bloomer when he decided to pursue his career path toward education. His previous background included construction and restaurant management.

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