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Meet Westside's next superintendent

Posted at 11:21 PM, Jan 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 00:21:58-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Dr. Mike Lucas will move into his role as Westside Community Schools' superintendent this summer. He's taking over for Dr. Blane McCann who is retiring.

Dr. Lucas currently serves as York Public Schools Superintendent. He'll leave his post there after ten years. He's served in education leadership positions since the age of 25 and was a teacher before that.

"Every winning organization, whether education or in the private sector, always has to be committed to improvement. We're always a work in progress," Dr. Lucas told 3 News Now Anchor Jennifer Griswold.

Westside Community Schools has a strong reputation in Omaha. Dr. Lucas says it's exciting to be part of that brand, however, he also knows the Omaha area has a number of good school districts. He says he's competitive and up for the challenge of making sure Westside continues to build on past growth. "They've been the first to have a 1-to-1 laptop initiative, first special-ed program, first educational foundation, first all-day kindergarten so let's continue to find those innovative things that the Westside community can be proud of, and folks from other places in and around Omaha can really take notice and say maybe we want to be part of Westside community schools as well."

Dr. Lucas is a father of four. He's originally from Florida and met his wife while in college. His wife is from Omaha.