By Karri Keller
Hummel has been Kuna School District Superintendent since 2005 and on Tuesday, May 14, at the Kuna School District Board Meeting, it was announced that he will be officially resigning within the next few months.
Ashland has a population of about 20,000 and a school district of approximately 3,000 students, with one high school, one middle school and three elementary schools. The U.S. News and World Report named Ashland High School in the top 2.6% of high schools in the nation, designating it a “Silver School” according to the Ashland School District website.
Hummel expects to be going into a challenging spot with the Ashland School District, “Being a high preforming district they pride themselves on being innovative and being a leader in the state,” said Hummel
As he moves on from the Kuna School District he said, “ I will be leaving behind a great team, a very committed staff, and a dedicated community; the parents here make this place work,” Hummel said “Without them Kuna would really struggle.”
Wendy Johnson, Assistant Superintendent and top candidate for Hummel’s desk according to the school board, will be stepping up as Jay moves on to Ashland “I am going to miss his vision, and passion for the students education” said Johnson “I see Kuna School District staying on the path that we are on, and to make sure that we don’t screw it up. ” Joked Johnson as she says goodbye to her friend and mentor of 20 years.
“We are really going to miss Jay around here, said Bryan Fletcher, Kuna School District Treasurer. 0 “He has that special skill of being able to balance financial concerns against educational concerns, which is a very special quality — one that has been in high demand given the financial challenges that the District has faced over the last few years during the economic downturn.”
“While selfishly I am saddened to see Jay leave, I am also pleased knowing that there is a new set of challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for him. Ashland School District is getting a wonderful leader, collaborator, community member, problem solver, and educational visionary — all qualities that have served us well here in Kuna,” said Fletcher.