The president of Hayden High School for the past 18 months will step down from leading Topeka’s only Catholic high school in May to become president of a Catholic school in his home state of Nevada, according to information released by the school on Friday.
“I have truly enjoyed my time at Hayden and feel blessed to have led this community,” Matt Schambari, 36, said in the statement. “My wife and I have made the decision to accept the position in Nevada because it allows me the opportunity to continue to lead a Catholic high school in a community that we grew up in and that is home to a large contingent of our family and friends.”
Since he was hired by Hayden’s board of trustees, Schambari has overseen the school’s rebranding, including a new logo, several capital improvements and an increase in enrollment from 387 students during the 2016-17 school year to 415 students this school year.
“Hayden is a tremendous school with strong academics, co-curricular activities, and service, and I am confident Hayden will continue to thrive and be a vibrant, Catholic high school for the Topeka community,” he said.
According to the statement, Schambari will continue as Hayden’s president for the rest of the 2017-18 school year. The school’s trustees have begun the search for Schambari’s replacement.
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