An assistant superintendent for Wichita schools has been offered the top job in an Ohio district.
Greg Rasmussen, who oversees 30 of Wichita's 58 elementary schools, said this week that he is in negotiations to become superintendent of the Middletown schools — a district of about 6,800 students between Cincinnati and Dayton.
When he would leave Wichita is uncertain, he said.
Rasmussen said he has discussed his selection with Wichita superintendent John Allison and other district leaders, including some talk of what would happen to Wichita schools' leadership if he leaves for Middletown.
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"It's come up in conversation," he said. "But nothing in detail."
Rasmussen was one of three finalists for the Ohio position in December. By the time the Middletown board voted, though, the two other candidates had dropped out.
One candidate accepted another job, and the other told the local newspaper he withdrew because of the community's focus on his controversial past.
But Middletown board members didn't unanimously agree on Rasmussen just because he was the only one left, president Marcia Andrew said.
"He has the qualifications and experience we were looking for in our new superintendent," she said, adding community reaction from a candidate forum earlier this month was also positive.
Although much smaller than Wichita's 50,000 students, the Middletown district has similar challenges because of a comparable poverty rate — about 70 percent of students receive reduced-price meals.
Rasmussen said he applied last year for the open superintendent position in Wichita, but he wasn't named a finalist.
His contract with Wichita schools is through June 30.
"We'd like him to come as soon as he could," Andrew said, but the date is still under negotiation.
She said the previous Middletown superintendent made about $121,000 a year. Rasmussen makes $116,000 a year as a Wichita assistant superintendent.