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USD 409 Board of Education Announces New Superintendent
USD 409 Board of Education Announces New Superintendent

superintendent Renee Scott

The USD 409 Atchison Public Schools Board of Education hired Renee Scott as the District’s new superintendent, effective July 1, 2019, with a unanimous vote at a special meeting on February 4, 2019.  Renee Scott will succeed Dr. Susan Myers who will retire on June 30, 2019, after serving 12 years with the District. The Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) assisted with the superintendent search.


Ms. Scott has 26 years in public education.  She has served as a junior and senior high teacher, school counselor, associate principal, and for the past four years as assistant superintendent at USD 457 Garden City, Kansas.  In Garden City, Ms. Scott leads the district’s curriculum and instruction implementation, oversees district-wide technology implementation, facilitates the district site council, and supervises principals among other administrative responsibilities.  


Ms. Scott is currently in the process of obtaining her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Kansas State University and plans to graduate in the Fall of 2019.  She received her Building Leadership K-12 Endorsement from Emporia State University, School Counselor K-12 Endorsement from Fort Hays State University, Master of Education in Educational Diagnostician from West Texas A&M University, and her Bachelor of Arts in English from Benedictine College.  She’s looking forward to reconnecting with the Atchison Community.  


“I’m thrilled and honored to accept this position with USD 409 and become a part of the Atchison Community,” said Scott.  


Herb Gwaltney, Board President, explained that community input, including the involvement of a committees of stakeholders was a key factor in the success of the superintendent search process.  The committees included teachers, administrators, parents, business leaders, and community members.  “The input from the community as a whole was very helpful to our process.”


The Board selected three finalists, who were interviewed by the Board.  


Herb Gwaltney and Carrie Sowers, USD 409 BOE President and Vice-president respectively, said, “We had a great candidate pool.  As a board team, we feel we made the right selection to meet the needs of our students and our community.”


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