Friday, March 10, 2017
The new Eudora Middle School principal and Eudora High School assistant principal were announced at the March 9 meeting of the Eudora Board of Education. Beginning this summer, Jeremy Thomas will replace retiring EMS principal Denise Kendall, and Joe Zlatnik will take over for EHS assistant principal Megan Black.
Thomas is currently in his fifth years as assistant principal and activities director for grades 7-12 in Hershey, Neb., a district where he has worked for a total of nine years. He is a graduate of Wichita State.
"Throughout the screening and interview process," said Superintendent of School Steve Splichal, "Jeremy set himself apart as a dynamic, caring and capable building leader well suited to Eudora Middle School. He understands the importance of relationships with everyone who makes up the school community and is willing to do whatever it takes to inspire a team's growth and forward movement."
Thomas said that the desire to move closer to family drew his attention to Eudora, but his impressions when visiting made him excited for the opportunity. "All I really knew of Eudora was what I saw on Google Maps and the district's website," Thomas said, "but it was clear from the warm greeting I got when I entered the school, to the interaction with Mr. Splichal and members of the search committee, to the tour of the community -- that Eudora was a special place. And special not just for me, but for my wife and kids, as well. We are really looking forward to calling Eudora home."
Zlatnik comes to Eudora from Basehor-Linwood, where he teaches social studies. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas and Emporia State and has served two years as a building leader intern in the Basehor-Linwood district. What impresses him most about the high school position was the interactions he had with teachers and staff.
"When I toured the school, I could tell there was a great culture. Kids were engaged, and teachers were going out of their way to make me feel welcome," he said. "I grew up in Rossville, and I love the small town life, where the community is centered around one school and wants to do what's best for all of the students there. Eudora is a great example of that, and I'm very excited to be a part of it."
"Of all the strong candidates," Splichal said, "Mr. Zlatnik's commitment to positive professional relationships with students, faculty and parents -- as well as his passion for education leadership make him a great fit for our district and community."