Archive for Thursday, June 2, 2005

Band director leaving district

June 2, 2005

— For the second time in a year, the Lansing school district is looking for a band director for its high school and middle school programs.

Deb Steiner, who was hired by the district in 2004, has accepted a position as band director at Mill Valley High School in Shawnee, said Alvie Cater, director of community relations for USD 232. Cater said the school's previous band director resigned to pursue his doctoral degree.

Mill Valley is a Class 5A school in the Kaw Valley League. Steiner will be in charge of about 100 students in marching band, concert band, jazz band and orchestra at the high school, Cater said. Steiner also will assist the full-time music teacher by working with about 100 band students at Monticello Trails Middle School, Cater said.

Lansing Middle School Principal Kerry Brungardt said he was disappointed Steiner was leaving.

"When I found out she got that job, I was a very sad principal," Brungardt said.

He said Steiner was "remarkable" in working with students and the community.

"She came into a very strong program and only made it better," Brungardt said. "She's an excellent teacher."

Lansing High School Principal Steve Dike echoed Brungardt's sentiments.

"Deb's an outstanding young teacher, and I'm disappointed we don't have the opportunity to continue working with her," he said.

Lansing Schools Superintendent Randal Bagby said Steiner's resignation would not be official until Lansing School Board considers it at its next meeting, June 13. In the meantime, Bagby said, several on-file applicants are being considered as Steiner's replacement. In addition, the district will interview for another director who will direct the middle school bands and assist with high school bands. Interviews for the positions will be conducted by the administration at those buildings, Bagby said.

Bagby said he didn't expect any problems in finding new band directors for Lansing because of the city's location and the program's reputation.

"In this area, it's not really that difficult," he said. "We have a strong program here, which makes it appealing."

Both Brungardt and Dike said they hoped to have the new band directors in place by the end of June. Their recommendations will be considered for appointment at the June school board meeting, Bagby said.

Steiner, who came to Lansing a year ago from an assistant director's post in the Gardner-Edgerton school district, could not be reached for comment.

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