USD 409 Board of Education members are seemingly making some headway along their quest to find a successor to replace Superintendent Susan Myers within the first part of this year.

Board members gathered at noon Monday, Jan. 21, in the community room to meet with their consultant, Brian Jordan of the Kansas Association of School Boards, to discuss matters of non-elected personnel related to ongoing search for a new superintendent.

All seven board members were present for the closed-door sessions. The first one was a 45-minute consultation with Jordan. Board members returned to open session and took action to recess again from public session for 20 minutes.

Board Vice President Carrie Sowers said Jordan recommended 11 qualified candidates for the board’s consideration. The field was narrowed to three candidates to interview. The board members are hopeful they can take action and hire an official at the February board meeting, Sowers said.

In the meantime, board members expect to set up interview schedules for the three finalists that will include visiting district facilities and other locations. Meets and greets with patrons and the public will also be on tap, Sowers said.

Myers announced her intention to resign from her position Oct. 31, 2018, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, when the fiscal school year ends. Board members officially accepted her resignation at the Nov. 12, 2018, board meeting. Sowers announced then board members’ intent to hire Myers’ replacement in February, so that the new superintendent will be in place for the 2019-2020 school year.

Myers has served USD 409 for the past 12 years.

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