The USD 327 Board of Education has named Deena Hilbig as their next Superintendent.
Mrs. Hilbig is a Smoky Valley High School graduate and received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Emporia State University in 1992. She obtained her master's degree from Kansas State University and District Leadership License from Newman University.
She has spent her entire educational career in USD 305 Salina Public Schools. Mrs. Hilbig was a teacher at Whittier Elementary and Coronado Elementary Schools and a lead teacher at Sunset and Coronado Elementary Schools. She is currently the principal of Meadowlark Ridge Elementary School in Salina and has served in that capacity since 2006. In addition, she provides advanced leadership development and mentors first and second year principals throughout Central Kansas for the Kansas Educational Leadership Institute (KELI), Kansas State University.
Hilbig stated, "I look forward to serving the staff, students, and patrons of USD 327. Having grown up in a town similar in size I understand the importance of community. I will work to support our staff and students, providing leadership to help us continue to grow and develop our youth."
She will begin July 1, 2022.