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UPDATE Sept. 23, 3:54 p.m. | Help Wanted: New Superintendent for Park Hill School District

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Park Hill School District’s Board of Education will be holding a special meeting today at 5 p.m. to decide how to proceed with their search for a new superintendent. The meeting is open to the public.

At the meeting, the board will review internal applications, then discuss whether to expand their search nationally for a new school superintendent.

In Park Hill — which is the second largest employer in the district — the superintendent manages a $120 million budget. The annual salary for the new hire will likely be in excess of $150,000 plus benefits, including use of a car.

Dr. Dennis Fisher, the current superintendent, announced last month his plans to retire at the end of this school year. Fisher was the Park Hill School District’s deputy superintendent when the Board of Education promoted him six years ago.

Many districts in the metropolitan area promote internal candidates when hiring superintendents. If the Park Hill School Board does hire from within, they may be considering the current deputy superintendent, Dr. Mark Miles. According to the district’s website, he is “responsible for the district’s quality initiative, strategic planning, K-12 principal supervision and leadership development.” Dr. Miles started working for the district in 2002 and received a promotion to his current position last year.

There is also a rumor circulating that Dr. Chace Ramey may be interested in the position. He is chief of staff with the Kansas City, Missouri School District and served briefly as interim superintendent there following John Covington’s resignation. In addition, he is a former member of the North Kansas City School District’s Board of Education.

School superintendents are to districts what chief executive officers are to corporations. In Missouri, they must be eligible for certification from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

According to Park Hill’s contract with Dr. Fisher, duties of the superintendent include:

  • Administration of the schools;
  • Hiring and overseeing teachers and other school employees;
  • Organizing an administrative team to supervise business affairs and instruction; and
  • Suggesting regulations, rules, policies and procedures for consideration by the School Board.

Park Hill School District Board of Education meetings take place at the Education Center, 7703 NW Barry Road.

UPDATE Friday, Sept. 23, 2011

UPDATE Friday, Sept. 23, 3:54 p.m.: This just in from Park Hill School District:

Board Hires Search Firm to Help Find Park Hill’s Next Superintendent
At a special Board meeting on Tuesday, the Board interviewed three search firms who were bidding to perform the district’s superintendent search. At last night’s meeting, the Board voted to hire Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates to conduct the search for someone to replace Superintendent Dr. Dennis Fisher after he retires in June 2012.

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.



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