KCPS announces two finalists for superintendent

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From left to right Dr. Ronald Taylor, Dr. Mark Bedell (images courtesy of Linkedin)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Board of Directors of Kansas City Public Schools announced on Tuesday the two finalists for superintendent.

The finalists are Dr. Ronald Gerald Taylor and Dr. Mark T. Bedell.

Taylor is currently the superintendent of Willingboro Township Public Schools in Willingboro, N.J. and has worked in public K-12 education for more than 20 years.

Bedell is currently the assistant superintendent for high schools at Baltimore County Public Schools in Towson, Md. and has worked in education for 16 years. In addition he has received multiple awards including the Young Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award two years in a row; the Feeder Pattern Principal of the Year Award for the 2007-2008 school year; and the Outstanding Educator Award from Texas A&M University in 2009.

The search for a superintendent began in July 2015 and more than 70 individuals have applied for the position since its opening.

The Board of Directors will introduce the two finalists at a public forum on Thursday, Jan. 14. The forum will be at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, 4747 Flora. Taylor will speak and answer questions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Bedell will speak and answer questions from 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

The board is expected to review feedback from the forum and announce their final decision in January. The new superintendent will begin July 1, 2016.

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.