Published April 4th, 2016 at 2:19 PM
The average tenure of a superintendent in an urban school district is about three years, and that trend has pretty much held true in Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) for decades.
But in introducing himself to the community this morning, the school district’s newest superintendent, Mark T. Bedell, 41, said in that sense he is looking to break from tradition.
“It is my full intention to come here and to perhaps do something has not been done in a long time – to be here longer than four years. I would love to be able to do that,” he said at a news conference at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, 4747 Flora Ave.
He underscored his commitment to KCPS by noting his intention to enroll his three children in the district. He has kids entering kindergarten, the eighth grade, and ninth grade.
Bedell currently serves as an assistant superintendent at Baltimore County Public Schools in Towson, Maryland. Prior to that, he spent a dozen years in the Houston Independent School District as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and school improvement officer.
He officially starts work on July 1 under a three-year contract that pays him a base salary of $225,000 a year.
In other comments, Bedell said that:
Byron Hyde, 17, a junior at Paseo, was encouraged by Bedell’s comments about sticking with the district for the long term and about his commitment to students.
Then again, he said he would withhold judgement until his tenure unfolds.
“I can’t wait to see what happens,” Hyde said. “I don’t know if it will be good or bad for us, so that is just what we will have to wait for.”