Mar 01, 2021 5:12 PM

McPherson elementary principal named Moundridge superintendent

Posted Mar 01, 2021 5:12 PM

Release from Moundridge USD 423

MOUNDRIDGE, Kan. β€” The USD 423 Board of Education has announced the selection of Cody Rierson, as the new superintendent. Mr. Rierson will take the reins on July 1, 2021 after the retirement of George Leary at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

Mr. Rierson brings to the district 14 years as a teacher and administrator. Currently, Mr. Rierson is in his eighth year as principal at Lincoln Elementary School in McPherson USD 418. Previously, he served as an elementary school principal for two years in Caldwell USD 360, as an elementary school teacher and administrative intern through Wichita State University at Eisenhower Elementary School in McPherson USD 418, and as a fifth grade teacher at DeSoto USD 232. He completed his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership at Wichita State University in 2018.

Cody and his wife Abbey have been married for fourteen years. Abbey works as the Chief of Staff at McPherson College. They have four children: Harper, Vivian, Jolie, and Rhodes. Cody enjoys spending his free time with his family and coaching his children in various youth sports.

Mr. Rierson said, β€œThe Rierson family is excited about this opportunity. We loved the (family) atmosphere when touring the district. We know there's a tradition of excellence. In addition, we know Moundridge is a school district dedicated to student success. Thank you for making us part of your family.”

Board President Michael Beasley says that Mr. Rierson emerged from a very thorough search process as the right candidate to lead the School District. Beasley explained that community input was a key factor in the success of the superintendent search process. The committees included teachers and administrators, parents and community members. β€œThe input from the community as a whole was very helpful to our process.”

The Board selected four finalists who were interviewed for the position.