Kyle Kruse

The St. Clair R-XIII School District has decided on an area administrator to replace Mike Murphy as superintendent.

The board of education announced on Friday morning that Kyle Kruse, superintendent of the New Haven School District for the past 12 years, accepted the position. The school board met in executive session prior to Thursday’s St. Clair High School graduation ceremony and voted to offer Kruse the job.

His official duties will begin on July 1.

“We are excited to welcome Mr. Kruse into our district and feel he will be a great fit with our school and community,” the board of education said in a joint statement released Friday morning. “Over the next couple of months, you may see him in our buildings or at district events.”

Kruse was one of four finalists who interviewed last week for the position. Prior to coming to New Haven, he served in the Osage County R-II School District in Linn as a high school principal. He also was employed as an agriculture instructor at Osage R-II and at the Hurley R-I school districts.

The pay for the St. Clair superintendent’s position was advertised between $115,000 and $135,000 annually. Murphy is making $158,000 this year.

Murphy announced in March that he is leaving R-XIII after 12 years as superintendent. He accepted a similar position with the Fountain Lake School District in Arkansas.