NPPS school board moves to renew superintendent's contract

NORTH PLATTE. Neb -- The contract for North Platte Public School's superintendent doesn't officially expire for another six months, but the school board is moving forward to prepare his contract for the next three years.

It was the only item that was up for approval at Monday night's meeting.

The decision comes after the board had a few weeks to evaluate Dr. Ron Hanson before voting to have the board president, Mike Morrell sign Hanson's contract.

The board went into executive session for about an hour and fifteen minutes to discuss their decision beforehand.

They also shared some key points with the public after they came back on the record, as to why it was renewed.

"Dr. Hanson is very responsive in listening to the direction of the board, some superintendents are not doing that," said school board member Skip Altig.

"One of the things that we often talk about is that Dr. Hanson really cares and wants the district to be effective and efficient." said school board member Ivan Mitchell.

"We just think that he is an exceptional leader and has really influenced a positive change over the last two to three years in this district,' said school board member Alecia Hothan.

Dr. Hanson's new contract will be effective June 30, 2018 and will end June 30, 2021.

The compensation package and salary will be discussed at a later date.

In other business, the board also voted to approved the resignation of 15 teachers with more than 200 years of combined experience at Monday's meeting.