Broken Bow schools hires new principal

The search for a new Broken Bow senior high/junior high principal is over. After narrowing down a field of nearly 30 applicants, a contract has been offered and accepted by Rusty Kluender. Kluender (who will quickly tell you his name rhymes with blender) accepted the offer to become the 7-12 principal at Broken Bow last Wednesday. He will officially begin his duties here Aug. 1, 2013. He comes to BBPS from Bloomfield, where he has served as K-12 principal for the past two years. Prior to that he was an assistant principal and athletic director for the Todd County School District in Madison, S.D. for three years. Kluender has 22 years of experience in the field of education. He has taught and coached high school girl’s basketball at Valentine, taught and coached middle school boys and girls basketball at Gretna, and taught 4th grade in Texas. Kluender grew up on a large cattle ranch 45 miles south of Valentine, and graduated from Valentine High School. He attended Eastern Wyoming College where he earned an associate of arts degree, before continuing on to earn his bachelor of science degree from Chadron State College and a master of science in educational administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His wife, Cherie, is also in the educational field, and the couple has three grown children. Their oldest son is an engineer in Omaha, their daughter is a college student at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D., and the couple’s youngest son is currently a student at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, where he is attending on a football scholarship. Growing up in the heart of the Sandhills, Kluender says he definitely considers himself a cowboy. His hobbies include training calf roping horses, raising cattle and cowboy church ministries. He is also a member of the mid-states rodeo and the Interstate Rodeo Association where he competes in calf roping. Kluender says he looks forward to coming to Broken Bow and is excited about the opportunity to serve this community and school district. “I am in the business of helping our young people to be champions, champion citizens and champions academically,” Kluender says. “I see leadership as a great way to make a positive difference in the lives of others.” Kluender has a passion for the students and for what he does that is evident within just a few minutes of meeting him. “My long-term professional goals are to use my talents and gift to enrich the lives of others,” says Kluender. “I wish to add value to those that I come in contact with. I truly enjoy school administration because I get to work closely with our teachers and your children.” Ken Kujath has served the district as 7-12 principal for the past seven years, and resigned his position in September 2012, to take advantage of the teacher retirement plan. Kujath’s duties will officially end July 31, 2013.