The Lansing Board of Education has hired a new high school principal.

 Updated at 1:48 p.m. May 30, 2018 to correct the spelling of Steve Dike's name.

The Lansing Board of Education has hired a new high school principal.

Rob McKim will serve as the next Lansing High School principal. He will replace former Principal Steve Dike, who took another position in Nebraska, according to Superintendent Darrel Stufflebeam.

Board members approved the hiring of McKim during a special meeting Tuesday.

McKim will officially begin serving as the new principal Aug. 1.

McKim said in a telephone interview that he is looking forward to working with the high school staff and community to provide the best and most opportunities possible for high school students.

He comes to Lansing High School after serving as the principal of Baldwin High School the last seven years.

McKim has spent a total of 24 years in education.

He taught high school math for 15 years at various school districts in Kansas. He then was an assistant principal at Fort Scott High School for two years before going to Baldwin High School.

McKim said he applied for the job at Lansing High School because it presents new challenges and the opportunity to work at a larger school.

“It's very exciting that there was such an overwhelming, actually unanimous, choice,” Stufflebeam said.

The superintendent said McKim was unanimously recommended by a search committee that included various stakeholders.

School board members approved McKim's appointment Tuesday after meeting behind closed doors in executive session for 25 minutes to discuss personnel.

Following the executive session, board members approved various personnel changes including the hiring of McKim. Stufflebeam said such personnel changes typically are approved during a monthly board meeting. But Tuesday's special meeting was held to approve the appointment of the high school principal.

The personnel changes were approved 5-0. Board members Michelle McQuillan and Beth Stevenson were absent.

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