Two Wichita school administrators to retire

Two of the Wichita school district's highest paid administrators plan to retire this summer after nearly 24 years with the district.

Martin Libhart, chief operations officer and the architect of the district's $370 million bond issue, will retire in August.

Also retiring is Kathy Busch, assistant superintendent for middle schools.

"I've got good health, I've got grandkids I'd like to spend time with and things I want to do," said Libhart, 60. "So I just thought I needed to go ahead and do some of that."

Libhart, 60, was vice president at a local architecture firm before starting with the district as executive director of facilities in 1988. He replaced Robert Hammond as chief operations officer in 2001.

Libhart oversees building maintenance and construction, transportation, security, energy management, food service, environmental services and purchasing.

He also heads the district's emergency operations team, managing any natural or man-made disasters that affect schools. He makes about $135,000 a year.

Busch, 59, was principal at Robinson and Coleman middle schools and Southeast High School before becoming assistant superintendent for middle schools in 2005. She replaced Sheril Logan, who was elected to the Wichita school board last month.

Busch makes about $121,700 a year.

"Right now I don't really have any definitive plans," she said. "I could very well work part-time.... But I'm not planning on working 60 or 70 hours a week."

Before becoming an administrator, Busch taught science in Mulvane, at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School and at Pleasant Valley Middle School in Wichita.

It's unclear whether Libhart's and Busch's positions will be filled next school year.

"No decision has been made about either position," said district spokeswoman Susan Arensman.