by Alan McArthur
He has the top job and a new baby.
Mike Reik was announced on Thursday as the new Platte County R-3 superintendent to take over after the retirement of Mark Harpst at the end of June.
Reik is currently assistant superintendent in the district and will begin the job of superintendent on July 1, 2009.
The board of education held an executive session meeting at 6:30 p.m. and voted unanimously to hire Reik for the position. The board then announced the decision at the beginning of the meeting at 7 p.m.
“We are pleased to announce the board unanimously voted to select Reik,” said Bob Shaw, board president. “This is the culmination of an extensive nationwide search.”
Shaw said the board has been working since May to hire a new superintendent and has held eight executive session meetings in November and December on the issue.
More than a year ago, The Landmark exclusively reported that sources were reporting the job would be awarded to Reik.
“He is familiar with the challenges facing this district,” said Shaw. “We decided he is the person we want.”
Reik then addressed the audience of building administrators and board members at the meeting.
“It has been a great trip so far and I look forward to working with all of you in this room,” said Reik. “There are a lot of resources here that will make my tenure as superintendent successful. I hope to continue the good work Harpst has done and continue the leadership he has given us.”
“I look forward to you doing my work,” said Harpst.
Reik will receive a salary of $125,000 as superintendent. Reik's current annual salary is $108,325 in his role as assistant superintendent. Harpst has a salary of $165,000 as superintendent.
In addition to being chosen for the top job at R-3, Reik is also a new father after his wife Ashley gave birth on Wednesday night to a new son. Sayer Michael Reik was born at St. Luke's Northland Hospital weighing 8 pounds and was 21.5 inches long.
This is the first child for the Reik family.
After the announcement, Reik left the meeting to be with his wife at the hospital. She is expected to be released on Saturday.
Also last week, Harpst became a grandfather after his daughter, Heather, gave birth to a girl on Thursday, Dec. 11 in Michigan. According to Harpst, Elise was born at 8 pounds and was 21 inches long.
In other business, the board gave preliminary approval to the 2009-2010 calendar. The beginning of school is slated for Tuesday, Aug. 25. There is also a week-long spring break at the end of March/beginning of April 2010. The last day is scheduled for May 26.
Because the first day of school is more than 10 days before Labor Day, Harpst said the board should put the calendar on the agenda for approval at the board's January meeting to hold a public hearing.
The next board meeting will be held at Barry School on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. after an open house at Pathfinder.
There will also be an orientation meeting for candidates for the board of education at the District Education Center on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.