John Nesemann was named superintendent of the Wallowa School District No. 12 effective July 1, 2003, during the Wallowa School Board meeting Monday night. He replaces Ed Jensen who has been serving that role in a half-time capacity.
Nesemann has been serving as high school and elementary school principal since 2001 and was high school principal solely from 1993 through 2000. From 1984 until1993 he served at the district in the capacity as a shop teacher.
"Teachers and office staff (and administrators) have been picking up more duties every year as our enrollment gets smaller and smaller," said Nesemann.
During his 19 years in the school district he has seen an enrollment as high as nearly 400 kids in 1998. At present the school enrollment is down to 270 students, 105 of that total in the high school.
Jensen will be retained to do some financial consulting work for the district.
Nesemann says the biggest issue facing the school at the present time is how the district deals with state revenue forecasts expected in March.