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USD 413 names new CHS Principal


Posted Date: 03/04/2021

USD 413 is pleased to announce an update regarding the principal position at Chanute High School. Zack Murry has accepted the position and will begin his duties in January of 2022.  Murry replaces Matt Koester, the current Interim Principal and Assistant Superintendent for USD 413.

zack murryMurry is currently in his second year as the Athletic Director and Assistant Principal at CHS.  He is a 2006 graduate from Chanute High School and holds both an undergraduate and graduate degree from Pittsburg State as well as a building-level endorsement from Fort Hays State.

Murry’s newly vacated position as the Athletic Director/Assistant Principal will be filled with that individual beginning in August of 2021.  A state-wide search process will begin immediately to fill this position. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply.

“I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to serve the students and staff of Chanute High School by continuing to build our culture and preparing our students to have successful futures,” said Murry.

“The district is extremely appreciative of the efforts and dedication of Matt Koester over the course of the 2020-21 school year, as well as what is to come as we transition next Fall,” indicated Superintendent Kellen Adams. “His leadership has been immediately felt by staff, students, and other stakeholders and we are truly grateful for his service this year.”

Regarding the upcoming reassignment for Murry, Adams said, “We are extremely excited for the opportunity to have Zack continue to lead CHS in this new role and look forward to continuing to build upon the success that has occurred this year.”

The transition plan is scheduled to occur throughout the entire Fall semester, beginning in August.  Upon conclusion of the calendar year, Koester will return to his position as Assistant Superintendent of Support Services.  Koester has served as the interim for the 2020-21 school year, in addition to maintaining many of his previous duties and responsibilities.  

“Today is a very special day for USD 413 - one that is marked by its very own alumni assuming an important leadership role in our flagship school,” Adams said. “We have no doubt that Mr. Murry will continue to take CHS to new heights and embody a Students-First culture.”