Don Potter, currently the superintendent of Schools of USD 461 in Neodesha, has accepted the position of Circle USD 375 superintendent effective for the 2017-2018 school year.

Potter will replace Jim Johnson, who is retiring in June 2017.

Potter began his career in 1998 as a high school business and computer education teacher in Neodesha. In 2004, he began a nine-year tenure at Valley Heights Jr./Sr. High School as high school principal. After that, he returned to Neodesha as an elementary principal as well as the curriculum director, where he remained from 2013-2015. In 2015, he was selected to be the superintendent while continuing his duties as curriculum director.

“USD 375 is a great school district with exceptional staff, students, parents, community and board of education,” said Potter. “Without a doubt, I am anxious to join the Circle family. It is truly an honor and a privilege to be selected as the next superintendent of schools in USD 375.”

Potter earned a bachelor of science in education, master of science in educational leadership and Pre K-12 District Level licensure, all from Pittsburg State University.

Circle Board of Education President Jared Swilley had glowing remarks about Potter.

“The Circle USD 375 Board of Education is excited to announce our choice to hire Don Potter as the superintendent for our district. He brings the curriculum background, collaborative leadership style, and most importantly the ‘kids first’ attitude that we were looking for. We are looking forward to our district getting to know Don and welcoming him and his family to the USD 375 family,” he said.

Potter’s tenure will officially begin July 1. He and his wife, Kerry, have two daughters. Kelsey, 19, and Alyson, 16.