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Andrew Dick excited to serve more students, school districts as new ESU 13 administrator

February 15, 2019

SCOTTSBLUFF — Scottsbluff High School assistant principal Andrew Dick has been selected as the new Educational Service Unit 13 administrator. He brings 16 years of education experience to the position.

On Wednesday night, shortly after 10 p.m., Dick said he was awoken by a phone call from ESU 13 board president Mark Sinner.

“After we interviewed our three applicants, we went into executive session,” said Sinner. “Every board member was given an opportunity to voice their concerns, likes and dislikes. The list was narrowed down to the top one, two, and three and Dick came in at number one. The decision was unanimous.”

Dick will fill the position following the resignation of Jeff West, who has served as the ESU 13 administrator for 11 years.

“I am honored, humbled, and thrilled to be the next administrator at ESU 13,” Dick said. “Jeff leaves big shoes to fill. The interview process and my interactions with the board, directors, staff, and area superintendents left me with no question that this was a position that I wanted.”

Sinner said Dick will spend time with West learning about the position to make the transition as smooth as possible.

As the ESU 13 board made the selection, Sinner said they were impressed with Dick’s growth in education, from the classroom to earning his doctorate. At the next board meeting, board members will vote on a contract and will continue working with Scottsbluff Public Schools on the transition.

“We don’t expect to see any abnormal changes to the service unit nor the services we provide in the Panhandle,” said Sinner. “We are looking forward to the new opportunities to the area Panhandle.”

Following the announcement of West’s resignation, Dick said he explored the opportunity by meeting with West to learn about the position responsibilities. He also met with Scottsbluff Public Schools Superintendent Rick Myles about the opportunity before deciding to apply in early January.

“Obviously, those decisions are never easy, especially when you’re leaving a place that is so special to you,” he said. “I’m excited about the opportunity and the challenges that lay ahead and the opportunity to work with the 21 member school and the ESU 13 service unit.”

Dick has been employed with Scottsbluff Public Schools for 15 years, with 13 of those years as a building administrator. During his time in the district, he taught at Scottsbluff High School for two years, nine years as a building administrator at Bluffs Middle School and the last four years at Scottsbluff High School. He taught business, computer and technology, and algebra I as a teacher. Prior to working in Scottsbluff, he taught in Lincoln Public Schools for one year.

“I was extremely blessed to be selected as a building administrator at Bluffs Middle School after three years of teaching,” Dick said.

While Dick has made an impact at SBPS, Myles is excited to continue their working relationship.

“I’m proud of Andrew,” he said. “We work so closely with ESU that he will continue to be important to our district, just in a different way. I believe with all the employees in the district, I’m very anxious to support growth. I consider it a success for all of us when you see someone achieve his professional goals.”

Myles has not worked out the details on what happens to Dick’s current role at the high school, but he said, “Changes like this can be very good. No one likes to see a good leader go, but the fact that he’s just going down the street makes it a lot more palatable.”

Before entering the workforce, Dick attended the University of Nebraska — Lincoln where he majored in business, but a sign in the hallway caused him to change his path.

“I was walking through the teachers’ college one day and saw a sign about a post-baccalaureate teaching program and decided to pursue that teaching certificate after earning my Bachelor of Science in business,” he said.

He comes from a family of educators and saw the certificate as an opportunity to broaden his career opportunities.

Throughout his career at SBPS, he said, “I have been fortunate professionally here and I’m very thankful for this opportunity. At Scottsbluff, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some very talented, skilled, professional staff and I think as a team, we’ve been able to accomplish many great things here in the district.”

“Scottsbluff is a community and a school system that means a great deal to me,” said Dick. “I’m a Scottsbluff High School graduate. I graduated from Scottsbluff High School in 1998. This school and this community mean a great deal to me.”

As he takes on the role of the ESU 13 administrator, Dick said, “I am looking forward to the opportunity to have a greater impact on additional students and school systems and districts in that role. The S in ESU is really about service and it’s about listening to those schools and responding to their needs and providing service and being a resource to those school districts.”

In his new role, Dick has a goal to feature some of the services provided at ESU 13.

Dick and his wife, Shana, have a 20-month-old son, a 7-year-old daughter, and a 20-year-old stepson.