Parsons USD 503 Assistant Superintendent Linda Proehl is retiring again, this time for good, and the Board of Education has chosen Jeffry Pegues to fill that position.

Superintendent Lori Ray said the district is pleased to welcome the Parsons native, who brings with him a lot of experience.

“We feel he will be a great addition to our team,” Ray said.

Pegues was born and raised in Parsons and attended Parsons schools, graduating from Parsons High School in 1994.

“I got my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from K-State. Then I got my master’s in educational leadership from Pittsburg State University, and I’m finishing my district licensure through Newman University. I’ll finish that in May,” Pegues said.

Pegues taught fifth grade at Gardner-Edgerton USD 231 in Johnson County from 1999 to 2002. After moving back home, he taught at seventh and eighth grade science at Meadow View Grade School and was a coach from 2002 to 2012. He then took the position as assistant principal at Field-Kindley High School in Coffeyville for one year. In 2013, he moved over to Roosevelt Middle School in Coffeyville when he took the principal position there. That is where he has served the last eight years.

“I’ve lived here in Parsons the whole time. I eventually went over to Coffeyville to gain some experience to come back to Parsons. It’s just taken a little longer than I thought to come home. I’ve always had the intention to come back to work to Parsons, where I went to school and where I am from, and to help my community,” Pegues said. “You go into education because you want to make an impact in kids and what a better place to do that than home. I’m excited to come back home and hopefully make a difference here in Parsons.”

Pegues said three of his four children transferred to Parsons schools last week.

“I have one in kindergarten, one in second grade and one in seventh grade, so I have one in three different buildings,” he said. “My oldest is going to be a senior at Labette County (next year), so we’re going to let her choose if she wants to stay to finish out her class with Labette or if she wants to come home. I started my kids in Labette County when I worked there for 10 years, so they never changed. We’re working to make that change now. Senior year is tough.”

Pegues will officially assume his new assistant superintendent position on July 1, but he hopes to come over sooner to have the opportunity to learn more about the job from Proehl.

“It’s wonderful,” Pegues said. “I hope I get to come and spend some time, come over early to help her train me with all her knowledge and experience. She’ll be tough to follow in that role, but hopefully she can help transition me.

“I’m not planning on going anywhere. Hopefully this is the last stop for me. I’m real excited to be home.”

Proehl retired in 2013 as superintendent after a 44-year career serving students. She came back in 2017 as interim superintendent after Shelly Martin resigned. Proehl served as the interim superintendent until 2018, when Lori Ray became superintendent. Proehl then became assistant superintendent, the position she held before becoming superintendent.

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