Wichita Public Schools

The Board of Education for Wichita Public Schools is asking the community for help deciding what characteristics the district's next superintendent should have. Information will be gathered using on online survey developed by the Kansas Association of School Boards.

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The Wichita School Board decided first steps in the search for a new superintendent Monday night.

Current district Superintendent John Allison recently took a job with Olathe Public Schools and will be leaving at the end of this school year.

Board members were adamant about including the community in the process and voted to use an online survey to gather input. The survey will be available within the next few days. The results will be used to create a profile of characteristics necessary for the job.

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Legislators from south-central Kansas gathered Thursday at Wichita State University for a public forum, the second one this week.

The forum began with a look at the state's projected $350 million budget shortfall for this fiscal year.

J.G. Scott, assistant director of fiscal affairs for the Kansas Legislative Research Department, told lawmakers that neither reversing the state's income tax exemptions nor increasing sales tax rates would fill the hole for 2017.

He gave two options for balancing the budget.

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Wichita Public Schools will soon have to begin the search for a new superintendent.

In a unanimous vote, the Olathe Public Schools Board of Education chose to hire current Wichita Superintendent John Allison as Olathe's next superintendent of schools effective next school year. Allison will be given a base salary of $250,000.

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Wichita Public Schools Superintendent John Allison has been named the only finalist for a superintendent position with Olathe Public Schools.

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After winning a seat in the state Senate in the general election, Democrat Lynn Rogers says he will continue to serve on the Board of Education for Wichita Public Schools.

State law allows those elected to state office to continue serving on local school boards. In 2000 former Wichita school board member Jean Schodorf chose to keep her seat on the board when she was elected to the Kansas Senate. Her school board term expired in June 2001.

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Update: The superintendent of Wichita Public Schools will get a bonus this year. Members of the local board of education voted in favor of giving Superintendent John Allison a more than $3,400 bonus, which is 1.5 percent of his $229,408 salary.

Sheril Logan, present of the board of education, said the district gave all of its employees extra funds this year including a nearly 4 percent raise for teachers.

The board also extended Allison’s contract through June 30, 2019.

Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce

The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce has established an education task force that the group says will give businesses a stronger voice on Kansas education issues.

The task force is made up of members of the chamber’s government relations committee and the Business and Education Alliance. Chamber president and CEO Gary Plummer says the group wants to work with legislators to have some input over the state’s K-12 and higher education funding decisions.

Wichita Public Schools

The Choices Fair for Wichita Public Schools is this evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Century II Exhibition Hall. The fair allows parents to look at all the educational options the district offers for students.

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After winning a seat in the state senate in the general election, Democrat Lynn Rogers says he's leaning toward resigning from his spot on the Board of Education for Wichita Public Schools.

State law allows those elected to state office to continue serving on local school boards. In 2000 former Wichita school board member Jean Schodorf chose to keep her seat on the school board when she was elected to the Kansas Senate. Her school board term expired in June 2001.

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