Fort Scott assistant principal lands Baldwin High top job
Although little action took place Monday morning at the USD 348 Board of Education meeting, the board did hire Rob McKim as Baldwin High School’s principal.
McKim, assistant principal at Fort Scott High School, was one of six of 40 applicants interviewed for the position. His hire was approved after the board met in executive session at a rare Monday morning meeting.
“He was chosen because of his strengths with communication,” Superintendent Paul Dorathy said. “He’s very personable and knowledgeable about education issues that are presently at the forefront of what Baldwin High School needs to do.”
McKim will replace Shaun Moseman as BHS Principal. Moseman resigned last month after five years at BHS.
After being the assistant principal for the past two years at Fort Scott, McKim was ready to take the next step in his professional career.
“I am pretty excited,” McKim said. “I’ve heard nothing but good things about Baldwin City and Baldwin schools. When I went to interview, I really enjoyed the people I met, which were community members and staff members. It will be a good situation for me.
“I was looking to be a principal. I’m from the Sabetha area, so I was looking for something a bit closer to home. More importantly is the type of school. I like the size, and I like the success that they’ve had in the past. That really intrigued me to apply for the job.”
Members of the 13-person committee, which consisted of BHS staff members, school board members and a BHS parent, spoke highly about McKim.
“We had a number of good candidates,” said Mike Curran, BHS math teacher and committee member. “I think it was a tough decision. I think he brings a number of things to the table that we need as a building to continue moving forward with the education of the students in this district. I also think we have somebody who is going to be a good fit with our faculty.”
Kit Harris, BHS English and journalism teacher, taught at Washburn Rural with McKim for at least two years. He was also on the committee and spoke highly of McKim.
“He did a great job in his interview,” Harris said. “He had a very strong resume and references. A lot of people from the schools he had been at had great things to say about him. When I was at Washburn Rural, I remember him standing out as somebody who was well liked and respected by students, parents and staff. I’m sure he will be a great addition and building leader at Baldwin High School.”
Although McKim has no direct ties to Baldwin City, he’s definitely heard of the school district. He was familiar with the high school before applying for the principal position.
“Being in education for 17 years, you have a pretty good understanding of which schools are successful and which struggle a bit more,” McKim said. “Baldwin is always a school that I’ve high regards for and it’s spoke of pretty highly around the state, so I knew about Baldwin.”
BHS is in the same athletic class as Fort Scott and it reminds McKim of his hometown, Sabetha.
“It’s a town very similar to what I grew up in,” McKim said. “They have about 100 less students than here at Fort Scott, but it’s 4A and it has a lot of the same activities. It’s a littler closer to some bigger communities, which presents a few more things that they can do outside of school. Inside the school they offer very similar choices.”
McKim grew up in Sabetha and graduated from Sabetha High School in 1990. He attended John Brown University and graduated in four years. McKim began his teaching career as a high school math teacher at Atchison County Community High School in Effingham.
After teaching at Effingham for three years, he took a position at Washburn Rural and taught there for six years. McKim then taught at El Dorado for six years before taking his current position at Fort Scott in 2009.
“I’m excited to get going,” McKim said. “I’ll work on becoming more familiar with the staff and what’s been done currently before I start in July. I’ll hit the ground running July 1.”