John Allison, Superintendent of SchoolsJohn Allison has served as Superintendent in the Wichita Public Schools since 2009. During his tenure as superintendent, the district has led the implementation of systemic reforms that focus on developing and improving students’ literacy skills. Allison’s reform effort, developed around a framework of Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), is in its seventh year in 2016-17.
Allison believes community involvement in education is essential for student success. Since his arrival in Wichita in July 2009, Allison has actively reached out to stakeholders of all types including students, parents, staff, partners and business leaders. Key outcomes shaped by an engaged community include budget development, boundary changes, bond issue pause and study decisions, and various aspects of student achievement.
Active in civic and community leadership during his career, Allison is a member of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He helped develop the Business Education Innovation Partnership between the district and the Chamber, allowing partners in the business community to evaluate different business areas of the district to find efficiencies and to share ideas about best practices. This initiative led to the formation of the Chamber’s Business and Education Alliance Policy Committee, a critical effort to advance business and workforce issues in the region.
Allison also is on the United Way of the Plains Board of Directors and a Planning Committee member, is a member of the Kansas/Missouri Superintendent’s Forum, the Wichita Area Outlook Team and the Kansas African American Museum.
In 2012, Allison was named a finalist for Richard R. Green Award, the nation’s top prize for urban school education leadership by the Council of Great City Schools.
Prior to becoming superintendent for the Wichita Public Schools, Allison served for two years as superintendent of the Mt. Lebanon School District in Pennsylvania. His educational career also includes service as deputy superintendent of the Grapevine-Colleyville School District in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, associate superintendent for education services for the Shawnee Mission (KS) School District, and as a high school social studies teacher and coach.
Allison obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas and his Masters of Science from Emporia State University. He has completed doctoral course work in Education Leadership at St. Louis University.
Allison's ties to Wichita extend to his childhood when he regularly visited his grandparents who lived in the Riverside area. His mother and his uncle are graduates of Wichita High School North. Allison and his wife have two children, both graduates from the Wichita Public Schools.