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Rotherham Takes Over As New Superintendent

Jul 27, 2022 (0)

New O'Neill Public Schools Superintendent Mike Rotherham took over in July from his predecessor Amy Shane.

The O'Neill Public Schools will soon start classes, and this year will be a little different, as there is a new administrator at the helm. O'Neill Superintendent Amy Shane announced her intent to resign last year, and the O'Neill School Board started their search for her replacement. After interviewing candidates, they decided in December of 2021 to choose Mike Rotherham. 

The Rotherham name may seem familiar to people in the area, and rightly so, as the new superintendent's father, Vince Rotherham was from Ewing and his mother, Marge Weichman has roots in the Stuart area.

Rotherham's father worked for Nebraska Game and Parks and was stationed at Niobrara State Park and then Fort Robinson in Crawford, where he grew up.

Rotherham attended Chadron State College, where he graduated with a teaching degree and a degree in Athletic Administration. Rotherham then worked as an assistant general manager for the Milwaukie Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds.

Rotherham then returned to his teaching roots which took him to El Paso, Texas, where he taught 4th grade. While in Texas, he returned and earned his Masters at SulRoss State while teaching 7th grade in a middle school with 1,400 students.

When Rotherham and his wife had children, they moved back closer to family in 2002 and settled in Bekelman, where he was the Superintendent at Dundee County Schools for 20 years. 

Rotherham's wife Edna has two grown boys, one who lives by Anselmo-Merna. Their other son is finishing his studies in Omaha to pursue a surgical Physicians Assistant degree.

"I love being in the community when somewhere I run into cousins or people who know my relatives. It is so comfortable living here", Said Rotherham.

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