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Amboy school board set to vote on new superintendent

High school principal in line to take over, pending board vote

Jeff Thake
Jeff Thake

AMBOY – The Amboy School Board will vote to approve a new superintendent at its meeting Thursday night.

Superintendent Jeff Thake turned in his resignation during a special board meeting May 30. He and his family – wife Melissa, 47, and son Logan, 20 – are heading to Williston, North Dakota, where Thake will serve as superintendent of Williston Public School District 1. His last day is Friday.

In line to replace him is Amboy High School Principal Joshua Nichols.

Thake has been with the district since 2006, first as the high school principal for 5 years and the last 7 as superintendent.

"It's been amazing, I've loved every minute I’ve been with Amboy," Thake said.

Nichols has been principal at the high school since 2013; prior to that he was the assistant principal at Sterling High School and Challand Middle School. He also taught social studies and English for 10 years at AFC Junior-Senior High School and Amboy Junior High.

He has a wife, Shannon Nichols, 41, and three children, 9-year-old twins Henry and Gavin, and 5-year-old Amelia.

"The Amboy school district is going to be in very good hands with Joshua; they're very lucky to have him," Thake said.

Nichols said he wants to continue to improve on an already strong district, especially its personalized learning, by implementing Google platforms in the classroom, in which teachers create a website to make their courses available online so students can access them anywhere there’s a computer. He also wants to emphasize staff development and continue to build on the district’s solid financial foundation.

One of the first big tests Nichols will face is what do about the junior high. Voters turned down a referendum for a new school in March.

"We've got an aging building. We’re going to see how things play out moving forward this summer. It's going to be a hurdle for us," Nichols said.

"Until I'm in the chair and doing the job I won't know for sure,” he said. “I’m going to take some time to soak everything in."

NEXT MEETING

The Amboy school board next meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in the caefteria at Amboy High School, 11 E Hawley St.

Go to Amboy.net or Call 815-857-2164 for an agenda or more information.

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