MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) – The Manhattan-Ogden School District, Unified School District 383, has named a new assistant superintendent.
Mr. Nathan Downs will take up the position of assistant superintendent on July 1, 2023. He will replace the previous assistant, Eric Reed, who will become the district superintendent on the same day, July 1.
Before Downs was announced as assistant superintendent, he served $475 at Junction City since 2018 as executive director of special education. Prior to that, Downs was the Special Education Coordinator for the Junction City District.
“Over the past two decades, I have dedicated my life to serving the needs of our students, staff and families within the Flint Hills in public education,” says Downs. “I am honored and thrilled to be blessed with the opportunity to continue to do so as an assistant superintendent for the Manhattan-Ogden school district.”
Down’s education includes a bachelor of art and master’s degree in psychology from Pittsburg State University, along with a master’s degree in educational leadership from Kansas State University.
Downs began his career as a school psychologist in Wamego and also served as a school psychologist for the Manhattan-Ogden borough for some time.
“We are pleased to announce the appointment of Nathan Downs as Assistant Superintendent of $383,” said Superintendent Dr. Marvin Wade. “Mr. Downs impressed the interview committee with his understanding of what it takes to improve a complex education system, as well as his record of successes in areas important to USD 383 and the Manhattan-Ogden community.
Previous Superintendent Dr. Marvin Wade announced his retirement in November of 2022. Effective July 1, 2023.