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The Norris School District announced this week it has hired a new superintendent for the next school year.

Current Papillion LaVista assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction Dr. John Schwartz has been tapped by the Norris Board to serve as the next Norris superintendent.

According to a press release, Schwartz is an educational leader who has served as a classroom teacher and building principal prior to his current leadership role at Papillion LaVista.

“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Schwartz as our next Norris Superintendent,” Norris School Board President Patty Bentzinger said in the press release. “He brings excellent experience as a former teacher and principal, and current assistant superintendent in Papillion LaVista. His character and commitment to serving Norris will help provide the vision for our future. We are thrilled to have John and his family join the Titans family.”

Schwartz will begin his new role in July 1. His hiring follows an announcement that current Norris Superintendent John Skretta is leaving to become the ESU6 Administrator following Dan Shoemake’s retirement at the end of June.

Schwartz has been in his current role at Papillion La Vista Community Schools since July 2015. Prior to that, he served as a high school principal, assistant principal, director of secondary education, and social studies teacher for the Papillion La Vista, Bellevue, and Seward school districts.

“I’m honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve the Norris Public Schools,” Schwartz said. “I look forward to working alongside the board, staff, students, parents, and patrons to continue the tradition of excellence that has been established. Our family is excited to join the community.”

In addition to his work with public schools, Schwartz is an adjunct undergraduate and graduate professor for Doane University.

Schwartz was named the Nebraska School Counseling Association Administrator of the Year in 2014 and the Doane University Alumni Educator of the Year in 2015. He currently serves as the Metropolitan Omaha Educational Consortium Curriculum and Assessment Task Force chair, as well as the Nebraska Association for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Legislative Liaison.

He is involved in a wide array of committees, associations, and service organizations within the Omaha Metro area, the press release stated.

Schwartz holds a bachelors, two masters, education specialist, and a doctoral degrees from Doane University.

The Norris School Board interviewed four finalists on Friday before extending an offer to Schwartz.

The other finalists were Mike Hart of Norfolk, Brian Maschmann of Norris and Tiffanie Welte of Ralston. NASB Leadership Search Services facilitated the superintendent search process for the district.

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