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Board selects new Superintendent of Schools for District
Board selects new Superintendent of Schools for District
USD 250 Board of Education
Friday, March 16, 2018

During Thursday night’s special meeting of the Pittsburg Community Schools Board of Education, the Board agreed to authorize Ray & Associates to negotiate a contract with Richard Proffitt as the new superintendent of schools for the District. The contract will be voted on for approval at the regularly scheduled March 26th board meeting.  

Through feedback sessions early in the search process, the community asked for a leader who will collaborate with a variety of stakeholders including parents, business, city, county, and state to maximize educational opportunities. It was also made clear that a strong candidate will be student-focused and have the ability to advocate for our students at the local, state, and, national level.

Rich brings a strong background in advocacy with state and regional educational organizations. He has held multiple leadership positions and is the chair-elect of the Kansas Council of Superintendents.  He believes it is important to bring the appropriate resources to students so they can achieve success.  

Working with Ray & Associates, a school administrative-hiring consultant, the Board conducted a national search and received 38 applicants from multiple states. The process began in December after Superintendent Destry Brown announced his plan for retirement effective at the end of June.

“Pittsburg as a community is seeing a renewed energy, innovation, and growth. Community feedback during the search showed an expectation for commitment to innovation, energy, and growth from Pittsburg Community Schools,” Board President Marlene Willis said. “It was a difficult decision with two outstanding finalists.”

“Our district prioritizes diverse academic programming, whole-child home, school, and community support connections,” Willis said. “Rich has a commitment to putting students first and finding ways to help all students succeed. He also has a tremendous servant leadership belief that will be pivotal in empowering our teachers, staff, and administrators to move our district forward.”

“Pittsburg has an excellent school system with a rich tradition,” Proffitt said. “There are multiple opportunities to work with the community to help make it even better.”

“My family is very excited about coming to Pittsburg.”

Upon approval, Mr. Proffitt will begin his contract on July 1, 2018.