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Park Hill School Board Asking Community to Assist in Superintendent Search

Park Hill residents can complete an online survey or attend meetings to help their Board of Education select a new superintendent. Photo Credit: KC Education Enterprise

During the next couple of weeks, Park Hill School District residents will have the opportunity to participate in the process of hiring an executive to lead one of the largest employers in their district. The Board of Education is asking the community to help in the search for a new school superintendent.

The current superintendent, Dennis Fisher, is retiring at the end of this school year. Earlier this fall, the board engaged a firm to lead the national search for Fisher’s successor. A school superintendent works for the Board of Education and is in charge of district administration. Running a district can be like working as the CEO of a large company. Park Hill, for example, is the second largest employer in the district, just behind CitiCards credit service and just ahead of Argosy Gaming.

According to an e-mail distributed to community members by the Park Hill communications staff, “One of the first steps in the process is to identify the characteristics the Board will seek in the new superintendent, and the Board needs your help with this.”

District residents can provide input by completing an online survey or attending an open forum. The survey deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 2. And here is information on the citizen forums, which will take place in the district office Board Room, 7703 Barry Road, Kansas City, Mo.:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1, 1-2 p.m. OR 6-7 p.m.

During their November meeting, the school board will consider all information gleaned from the surveys and forums. Plans then are for the board to interview candidates in January, and in February they hope to announce the name of Park Hill’s next superintendent.

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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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