Thursday, November 27, 2014

Central Heights superintendent: District ready for a fresh start

By DYLAN LYSEN, Herald Staff Writer | 2/19/2014

RICHMOND — Wrapping up a lengthy career in education — including five stints as a superintendent — Jim White is headed toward retirement.

White, Central Heights school superintendent, announced his plans Monday night during a school board meeting. The board accepted his resignation, effective June 30, after an executive session, Dawn Burns, board clerk, said.

RICHMOND — Wrapping up a lengthy career in education — including five stints as a superintendent — Jim White is headed toward retirement.

White, Central Heights school superintendent, announced his plans Monday night during a school board meeting. The board accepted his resignation, effective June 30, after an executive session, Dawn Burns, board clerk, said.

“I think it’s time for them to look for a new superintendent to take over the reigns and hopefully continue some of the things we’ve gotten started and see them to completion,” White said Wednesday.

Initially hired as interim superintendent in 2010, White was brought out of a previous retirement from a superintendent’s post in Baldwin City, where he stepped down in 2006, to serve the Central Heights school district. He later stayed on as superintendent. White said the school district was ready for a fresh start with a new leader.

“My wife and I plan to travel a little bit,” he said. “There’s several things we’ve talked about wanting to travel the sea, and I think we’ll do that. We’ll continue to enjoy the activities of our grandkids. Other than that, not a whole lot. Just kind of looking at the options that are available, probably through [Grace Community Church in Overbrook]. We’ll probably do some volunteer work at the church and maybe get involved in some mission work.”

White previously served as superintendent in Baldwin City, Belleville, Oskaloosa and Highland school districts. Before that, White said, he was an assistant principal at Ottawa Middle School in the late 1970s, a middle school principal in Baldwin City in the early 1980s, and a teacher and coach in the Kansas City-Piper and Sante Fe Trail school districts. He coached football, basketball and track at Piper, and coached football, basketball and golf at Sante Fe Trail.

He credited his career successes to those with whom he’s worked.

“The most important part of the successes I’ve had in the school business is the great people I’ve worked with,” he said. “The people at Central Heights have been an exceptional group of people to work with. The staff here, the board of education, I’ve just been really pleased to work with the staff and the Central Heights community. I’d be remiss if I didn’t say something about them and the enthusiasm they have toward educating their children and supporting the school district.”

The school board plans to meet with the Kansas Association of School Boards Feb. 25 to review candidate applications, and superintendent interviews are expected to be scheduled for Feb. 27, Feb. 28 and March 4.

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