KCPS narrows superintendent search to two finalists

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Public Schools are moving closer to choosing a new superintendent. The School Board met in closed session Wednesday night confirming two finalists.

School Board Chair Jon Hile said 70 people applied for the position and five people were interviewed. The names of the two finalists aren’t being announced yet.

The position has been open since the summer when Dr. R. Stephen Green left after just four years on the job to take over as superintendent of DeKalb County Schools in the Atlanta area.

Al Tunis has been serving as interim superintendent, but he’s not a finalist, as both of the candidates are from outside the school district.

Hile said one of their priorities for choosing a new superintendent is finding someone who is in it for the long haul.

“We want to make sure we hire candidates who will stay here, who are committed to this community and will make sure the job they do with Kansas City Public Schools benefits our students and our community,” said Hile.

The plan is to have the two finalists in town the same day to meet with students, teachers, and staff. They’ll then have a public meeting with the community that night over at Paseo Academy. The exact date for all this should be announced later this week, but it’s expected to be the second or third week in January.

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