Interview with new superintendent Kevin Logan
Where were you at before Rock Creek?
Logan: “Immediately before Rock Creek, I was in USD 405, Lyons, which is right in the middle of the state of Kansas. [There are] about 800 kids in the school district. To put it in context for you guys, it’s a 3A school. I was a middle school principal there.”
What intrigued you about the Rock Creek job?
Logan: “Location, primarily, was the first thing that caught my attention. Size – was the size of district I kind of wanted to be in? [It] seemed to have a lot more opportunities for students than small schools. Real big schools, in my opinion, seem to be a little less efficient in some of the things they do. Next was looking online, obviously. Also, the ruralness of it – not necessarily being the city – and having a lot of rural components.”
How was the transition for you?
Logan: “The transition has been more, I think, in the job responsibilities. I’ve never been a superintendent before, so then it is in knowing the X’s and O’s of how the schools operate. Right now, it’s me trying to stay caught up on the things I’m supposed to be doing – getting the reports I have to do in on time. I get into to the buildings almost every day, and it’s neat to still get to see a little teaching and learning happening. But, it is not so fun to not always be part of it.”
What has your family thought of the transition?
Logan: “My wife was very in favor of it. We’ve been coming to ball games at K-State [Kansas State University] the last 12 or 15 years – a few football games each year, a few basketball games each year. She loves this area of the state. That’s gone well, and then our daughter is grown and out the house.”
What have you liked about Rock Creek?
Logan: “What have I liked so far? People, it’s just been great. The kids have been great and will visit with me when I’m in the buildings. The teachers and the teaching staff here is wonderful, and the people out in the community have been wonderful. By and large, people.”
What is one your favorite activities you do?
Logan: “One of my favorite activities, something we don’t have in the high school or really in the area, I love to play golf. In the summertime, I’m a golfer. I’ve been fishing a bit in a farm pond while I’ve been up here. I enjoy pheasant and quail hunting, which that season is around the corner, and I’ll get the opportunity to go out and do that. Just about anything outside.”
Is there anything else that you like to hunt?
Logan: “I deer hunt some, but I’m not much of a trophy hunter. I’ve gone out with guys that have gone goose hunting, but I don’t have all the equipment to do that.”
How long have you been hunting?
Logan: “Pheasant and quail, probably [since I was] 10 years old.”
What has impressed you about the school, not necessarily the community?
Logan: “The school, number one, and the quality of students that they put out. My very first time I was in the auditorium with you guys, your first day of school, and [principal] Mr. [Eric] Koppes was doing his welcome back speech, and you were one of the Stuco [Student Council] members that came down front. And, I was in there for about an hour with you, and we crammed about 400-some students into that common area, and you guys were attentive the entire time. You cheered at the right times when he had you cheer about something, and you had round of applause at the right time. For 400-some and odd students to be in that environment on the first day of school and as focused as you were, was just awesome. Going into the elementary schools, you went to St. George, and you got to see this all along. Just the way people treat one another is so positive. It’s a really neat environment.”
What are you looking forward to?
Logan: “Getting even better. Not just the students and performing better in the classroom or on the playing field, but preparing them to be able to be flexible in whatever career they choose down the road. Have a good, basic knowledge of the three R’s, reading, writing, and arithmetic, but then also get things going the CTE road, to where maybe they are truly college and career ready. Make sure that they have good interpersonal skills, make sure they basically play nice others, work well with their coworkers. Ultimately, success in life is measured a lot of ways – make sure they are happy in what they are doing, make sure that they can support themselves and their family and what they are doing, and ultimately, we helped them make good decisions along the way.”
Interview by staff member Braden Schwarz