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Board hires firm & wants feedback from community
Board hires firm & wants feedback from community
Zach Fletcher
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Pittsburg, Kan. - In a special work session meeting on Thursday, December 21, Board members reviewed two surveys to get the public's input on the qualities of a new superintendent and the current perceptions of the district. 

Community and staff members can give their input by going to and clicking on the links to the surveys.

 The Board will review the results of these surveys at a special Board meeting on January 15, 2018, which will help guide them in creating the superintendent profile.

At the first USD 250 Board of Education meeting of December 2017, the USD 250 Board of Education made the decision to go with Ray & Associates, a national search firm which specializes in educational leadership searches. 

"Ray and Associates was a great fit for the Board," Board President Marlene Willis said. "Only one of our current members has gone through a leadership change and the firm's knowledge of conducting a broad-based search will be valuable."

This comes after Superintendent Destry Brown announced his intention to retire at the end of this school year. Brown served Pittsburg Community Schools USD 250 as its superintendent for almost a decade. 

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 

Brown's last day will be June 30th, 2018.