Superintendent Destry Brown Announces Retirement

Brown retires after almost a decade leading Pittsburg Community Schools

At the Monday, November 13, 2017 USD 250 Board of Education meeting,
Superintendent Destry Brown announced his retirement set for the end of this school year after nine years of service to the district.

During his time as the superintendent, Brown has:

• Increased offerings of AP courses and college-concurrent courses, led development of the Southeast Kansas Career and Technical Education of Crawford County for all students in Crawford County

• Worked with Community Health Centers of Southeast Kansas to provide care van, full-time nurses, and mental health workers in all the schools of USD 250

• Led USD 250 in developing a challenging and viable curriculum using research-based resources and instructional methods used in all buildings.

• Implemented individual intervention programs to assist all students to achieve at high levels

• Supported the advancement of 21st Century learning initiatives and the Kansas College and Career Readiness Standards

• Started the District's annual community cleanup, formed community partnerships between classrooms and local businesses

• Led a $31 million bond to provide needed storm shelters and classroom space at all buildings in the district

• Worked with the community to provide needed facilities for athletics and activities:
- Baseball and Softball Complexes were completed

- A track facility that is able to host track meets

- A 10 court tennis complex with the ability to host large tournaments was constructed

- Renovation of PHS Auditorium

"Being in education has been my number one passion," Brown said. "Helping children succeed in life and seeing what they accomplish after they walk across the stage at graduation is always a great feeling."

During his superintendentship, Brown has been a loud voice for quality education across our state advocating locally and in Topeka for students.

“His dedication to our community and his influence in local, state, and national organizations speaks volumes to his positive character and impassioned leadership,” USD 250 Board of Education President Marlene Willis said. “When needed, he stands up for employees and puts students first whether it is in the state house fighting for equitable and adequate funding for education or making sure every student has the opportunity to be successful.”

Brown has been president of Kansas Schools Superintendents Association; a Pittsburg Sunrise Rotary Club member; Wesley House Board member; Kansas Superintendent of the Year finalist; and City of Pittsburg Land Bank Committee member, just to name a few.

“Destry has been a great asset to this community,” Willis said. “He has propelled the District into being at the forefront of education in our state and has cared for every child’s education along the way. The Board wishes him and his family well in his retirement.”

"I'm not sure what I'm going to do at this point," he said. "I want to continue to make a difference for
kids in some way. I have no plan but look forward to what door may open in the future."
Brown will finish out the 2017-2018 school year ending his tenure on June 30, 2018.