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UPDATED Feb. 8, 2012: Park Hill May Have a New Superintendent, but It’s Not Final Yet

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UPDATE Feb. 8, 2012 5:18 p.m.: Scott Springston has resigned from his position as superintendent of the Valley Center School District. According to Park Hill communications director Nicole Kirby, Springston “will be starting to come up to Park Hill now and then through the spring.” 

UPDATE Feb. 7, 2012: This evening Park Hill communications director Nicole Kirby announced the Board of Education did offer a contract to Scott Springston. However, the naming of only one finalist and offer of a contract before parents and other community members were able to meet the finalist has resulted in some protesting the process. The KC Education Enterprise will be providing more coverage of the situation as it develops.

Today the Park Hill School District announced it has named the finalists in its search for a new superintendent. Actually, make that “finalist” in the singular.

After a national search, the district has identified only one finalist: Scott Springston, current superintendent of the Valley Center School District.

Valley Center is located on the outskirts of Wichita, Kan. The district operates three elementary, one middle and one high school with a total enrollment of under 3,000 students.

By contrast, Park Hill is a larger district, with 11 elementary, three middle and two high schools. Total enrollment is more than three times that of Valley Center. Park Hill also has a slightly more diverse student body.

According to the Park Hill School District communications office, Springston is a former science teacher who once worked as an assistant principal in the Blue Valley School District here in the metro area. Park Hill also emphasized the fact that under Springston’s leadership the Valley Center School District increased both school bond funding and student test scores.

If negotiations are successful and Park Hill is able to hire Springston, he would start his new job next summer when current Park Hill Superintendent Dennis Fisher plans to retire.


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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.


3 thoughts on “UPDATED Feb. 8, 2012: Park Hill May Have a New Superintendent, but It’s Not Final Yet

  1. To the best of my knowledge, Park Hill has two high schools.

    Posted by Karin Shaughnessey | February 4, 2012, 8:12 am
  2. Of course it does. I need an editor to catch my typing errors. Thanks for catching that! Just corrected the text.

    Posted by jwmartinez | February 4, 2012, 6:57 pm
  3. There is a planned parent presence to advise the board to slow the process and allow community input. visit the Park Hill Facebook wall to see community concerns that the candidate was a runner up in Goddard and Grand Island schools and his resume is really unknown.

    Posted by Andres Dominguez | February 7, 2012, 4:44 pm

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