After 28 years as Shawnee Public Schools' (SPS) business manager, David Harp, is retiring. He said his last day is June 30.

SPS Assistant Superintendent Brent Houston said this week the district has hired Meggan Wilson as its new executive director of academic services.

“Wilson will take over for Jennifer Stegman,” he said, “who will be the district's new chief financial officer when Harp retires.”

Stegman begins her new post July 1.

She said the district has done some restructuring to better align related responsibilities and skill sets.

“I am currently responsible for all of the federal program budgets and come with an extensive background in project management and data analysis,” Stegman said.

She said she looks forward to serving the district in this capacity and tackling the challenges during the state's economic downturn.

Stegman has big shoes to fill.

She said it will not be easy replacing an icon who has successfully managed the district finances for over 28 years.

Board of Education Member Bobby Canty asked her, 'Are you sure you want to follow a Bear Bryant?' she said.

“David will be missed,” she said. “Although, he has agreed to provide support as I transition into this position.”

Other hires

Houston said SPS has hired 20 certified teachers new to the district to replace those lost to retirement or resignation.

“As of right now we still have two certified teaching positions to fill at the high school and one elementary position,” he said. “To date, we have 30 new teachers coming to Shawnee Public Schools next year.”

You can reach Vicky O. Misa at (405) 214-3962.