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Celebrating the service of longtime employees – ten years of service

Celebrating the service of longtime employees – ten years of service

This year, the Wichita Public Schools will recognize 505 employees who will reach their 10-, 20-, 30- and 40-years of service. In February, we salute the 310 who are being honored for 10-years of service. Click here to see a list of 10-year recipients

What was happening in our district 10 years ago during their first year on the job? 

  • Winston Brooks was Superintendent of Schools but left at the end of the year to become the Superintendent of Albuquerque, NM Public Schools. Chief Operations Officer Martin Libhart was named interim superintendent and the Board initiated a search for a new superintendent.
  • ParentLink was used for the first time with the cancellation of school on January 31, 2008 because of snow.
  • Five schools participated in a pilot project to test the Online Directory. It was then made available district-wide in May 2008. The paper directory was eliminated after the 2010-11 school year due to budget concerns.
  • Buckner was named a 2007 No Child Left Behind – Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education and Horace Mann was named a Distinguished Title I School by the National Association of Title I Directors.
  • Open enrollment for the district’s employee benefits included something new: a $600 annual premium for tobacco users.
  • In a history-making decision, the Wichita Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved Superintendent Brooks’ plan to eliminate busing for desegregation purposed on January 28, 2008.
  • Wichita State University’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research released a study showing that the 2000 bond issue had an impact on Wichita of $41.5 million a year and supported more than 1,000 jobs in Wichita.
  • For the first time, Wichita Public Schools offered Mandarin Chinese to high school students.
  • In October, 2007, the Board approved the name of the then-under construction K-8 school in northeast Wichita as Gordon Parks Academy.

In March, we will share the names of those being recognized for 20-years of service.