KCK Superintendent Vacancy
Let’s seek to understand the challenge. In Kansas City, Kansas, the student population of more than 23,000 students is made up of about 51% Hispanic, 27% African-American, 11% White, and 7% Asian; 44% English language learners; 63 home languages spoken. This school district includes 10 preschool sites, 29 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, 5 high schools and 4 alternative schools. (kckps.org, at-a-glance) It is a large, diverse, urban school district.
KCK is a community of resourceful, capable people who have stayed and people who have just come to stay, people who, at our best, can work together across cultural differences and viewpoints, people who are struggling with many urban and economic issues, people who are confronting the coronavirus with the rest of the world. We all still want our students to be safe and to learn in the best possible environment.
In this situation, as announced on July 31, 2020, our Board of Education has to fill a vacancy. Going into the school year, we have neither a superintendent nor a deputy superintendent. The board will have to simultaneously:
A. Name an Interim superintendent. By law, Kansas statute section 72-1134, each school district must have a superintendent, and the superintendent must have a Professional School Leadership License.
B. Direct the opening and managing of schools with the highly contagious, serious coronavirus CoVid19.
C. Begin the search for a permanent superintendent.
In order to have an administrator named by the time the previous superintendent leaves office at the end of August, the Board will probably have to name an interim at the regular board meeting in less than 2 weeks. In my opinion, we as a community should continue to support our school children and school district by paying attention, sharing our priorities and views, looking for ways to help our neighborhood schools, and supporting the Board of Education. I hope that the board can move ahead in a positive way that provides for our school children and their families.
This Blog is being generated by a group of citizens invited by USD 500 to participate as a Citizen's Advisory Committee during the Bond Issue campaign. This group continues to be involved in supporting USD 500 and watching the results from the successful Bond election. This Blog is best read from the bottom/oldest post to the to/newest post.