Updated: Feb 23
PLEASANTON – Pleasanton Junior High and High School principal Mitch Shaw has announced that he will be leaving at the end of the school year to take on the job of superintendent for Oswego USD 504. He will continue to work for the Pleasanton district until the end of June.
“It’s the next big step in my career,” he said.
A veteran of 10 years teaching in the classroom and 20 years as a principal, Shaw came to Pleasanton eight years ago.
“I’ve really enjoyed this stop,” he said of his time at PHS. He added, though, that after seven or eight years in one position, he begins looking for the next step.
But he was clear that his tenure in the Pleasanton district has been enjoyable. “This one’s been a real good move for me.”
Southwest of Pittsburg, the Oswego district has about the same number of students as Jayhawk USD 346 in Mound City, he said. With a combined junior-senior high school and a separate elementary school, the district is in Labette County.
It’s not far from where Shaw went to school in Riverton.
He said it was a good time to make the move to a superintendent’s post. There are more than 20 openings for superintendents in Kansas right now.