Hartington native will leave ESU post

WAKEFIELD —  A long time area educator and administrator will be retiring this year.

Administrator Bob Uhing will be retiring after putting in 20 years at the Educational Service Unit #1 at Wakefield.

Uhing has a lot of connections to Cedar County.

He grew up on a farm four miles west of Hartington and graduated from Cedar Catholic High School in 1970.

His parents, Hubert and Leann Uhing, now live in Hartington.

It wasn’t hard for Uhing to make the decision to go into the field of education.

“I had wanted to be a coach. I grew up playing athletics. My brothers were also involved in sports,” he said. “I really like kids. I enjoyed working with them.”

After earning a degree in education, Uhing taught second through eighth grades at Holy Trinity School in Hartington for five years, from 1974-1979.

He was the Social Science/Math teacher and boys basketball coach at Cedar Catholic from 1980-84.

Under Uhing’s leadership, the Cedar Catholic basketball team earned State Championships in 1980 and again in 1984.

“We had some really good kids and there was such good support from the fans,” Uhing said.

Uhing received his BA degree at Mount Marty College. He earned a master’s and specialists degree at Wayne State College and a doctorate of education at the University of South Dakota.

“I almost didn’t go into administration because I really liked working with the kids. That’s what keeps you young,” Uhing said.

The last 20 years at ESU #1 have been busy for Uhing.

ESU #1 serves K-12 school districts in Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Knox, Thurston and Wayne counties in northeast Nebraska.

The ESU #1 service area covers 2,926 square miles and includes 11,263 students and 1,141 teachers.

“We provide staff development for teachers and administrators,” Uhing said. “We also provide band-width, media and technology services.”

Schools in northeast Nebraska also contract services for special education with the ESU.

ESU #1 has 125 employees but only a small group of them can be seen at the office in Wakefield, Uhing said.