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Board of Education begins discussion on superintendent replacement

Board of Education begins discussion on superintendent replacement

BOE meeting The Board of Education had its first discussion on a search for a new superintendent during a special meeting on January 5. Superintendent John Allison accepted the superintendent’s position with the Olathe Public Schools beginning next school year and the BOE is taking the first steps to find his replacement. Video of the meeting will be posted soon.

District Legal Counsel Tom Powell talked with the BOE about their role is for choosing a superintendent according to state statute and BOE policy. Powell also shared what parts of the superintendent search is open to the public and what can occur during executive session. The BOE can go to executive session to talk about individual candidates, but general discussions about the search process, and the hiring of the superintendent, have to be done in public. Click here to see the documents shared with the BOE.

All of the BOE members said that they will have an open process during the search and want to the community to provide input as well.  They will develop a list of qualities they want for the next superintendent before making decisions regarding the possibility of hiring a search firm or determining a timeline for the search.

The BOE will continue the superintendent search discussion, and the BOE’s next action steps during its regularly-scheduled meeting on January 9, 6 p.m. in the North High School lecture hall.


Watch the meeting in its entirety here: