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Superintendent Allison selected to lead Olathe Public Schools

Superintendent Allison selected to lead Olathe Public Schools

John Allison The Olathe Public Schools Board of Education has confirmed that Wichita's Superintendent of Schools, John Allison, will become Olathe's next superintendent of schools effective next school year. Superintendent Allison will continue to serve the students and staff in Wichita through the end of the 2016-17 school year. 

"I know this was a difficult decision for John, but the opportunity to support his mother at the same time he continues to serve Kansas students was one he couldn't pass up," said Sheril Logan, Wichita Board of Education president. "John has served our community faithfully since 2009, and our school community is better because of his leadership. He will be difficult to replace. That task will be our most significant upcoming obligation as stewards of Wichita's public education enterprise."

The Wichita Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 4pm to begin the conversation about next steps. This meeting will be an executive session. The board will share an update on the superintendent transition process during the Jan. 9 BOE meeting. 

"We will meet this challenge head-on, as our commitment remains strong to providing 21st century learning opportunities and a pathway to success for each student in Wichita. We will be transparent in our process, and we will seek the input of our students, staff, parents, and business community as we embark on this journey," said Logan. 

Watch BOE President Sheril Logan's media briefing.

Superintendent Allison sent the following message to district staff on December 15 after the announcemnt he was the sole finalist: 

Open and honest communication has been one of my priorities since joining the Wichita Public Schools family as your superintendent in 2009. For this reason, I wanted to be the one to share some difficult news with you before you hear it elsewhere.

A few moments ago, I was announced as the sole finalist for the superintendent’s position in the Olathe Public School District in Johnson County. I did not seek out this opportunity, but agreed to be considered after a difficult and emotional process of reflection over the last month.

Some of you may be aware that I lost my father earlier this year after an extended illness. My parents lived in the Kansas City area, where my mom continues to reside following my father’s death. As difficult as this loss has been for my family, the opportunity to consider a position that would allow me to continue to provide leadership for public education in Kansas while at the same time being close enough to support my mother was one I couldn’t ignore.

This afternoon in Olathe I will visit with their district leaders and tour several schools. Following deliberation over the weekend, their Board of Education intends to make a final decision Monday. I will be honored to continue serving Kansas public school students – whether I am invited to serve in Olathe or I remain your superintendent in the Wichita Public Schools. I have a great deal of respect for my WPS family, and pledge to keep you informed regarding the decision of the Olathe School Board. That said, I also respect the difficult search process the Olathe board is going through, and as such will not comment any further until the Olathe board concludes their search process.

I know you will continue your focus and do what’s right for Wichita kids, regardless of the outcome of this search process. Thank you for your life-changing work on behalf of 51,000 young people in Wichita.