New Haven High School Principal Josh Hoener will serve as the district’s new superintendent.

The New Haven School Board made the announcement Friday. Hoener will assume the position July 1.

He is replacing current Superintendent Kyle Kruse, who accepted a position as superintendent with the St. Clair School District.

Hoener was selected through a superintendent search conducted by the Missouri Association of Rural Education (MARE).

There was a total of 14 candidates and the board interviewed the top five finalists.

“We knew Mr. Hoener would be a good candidate, but we wanted to consider all options and find the very best person for the position,” said Brenda Menke, school board president.

“Although Mr. Hoener faced strong competition, he impressed us with his knowledge and concern for kids,” she said. “We know he will do a great job leading our district.”

Hoener said he is excited about the opportunity.

“Serving as principal of New Haven High School has been the best experience of my career,” he said. “I appreciate the trust and confidence the school board has placed in me, and will do my best as superintendent to uphold the district’s tradition of excellence.”