Published January 20th, 2016 at 10:59 AM
Kansas City Public Schools announced Wednesday that it has selected Mark T. Bedell to be its next superintendent, pending contract negotiations.
“The KCPS school board appreciates the thoughtful input we received throughout this process,” Board Chair Jon Hile said in a news release. “The board, like our community, has set high expectations for quality leadership in KCPS. This process has yielded a leader with the skills and passion to ensure the district’s progress toward full accreditation and academic growth across all of our schools.”
One of two finalists selected more than 70 applicants, Bedell was the crowd favorite during public interviews last week.
Prior to joining Baltimore County Public Schools in Towson, Maryland, where he now serves as assistant superintendent for high schools, Bedell spent a dozen years in the Houston Independent School District as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and as a school improvement officer.
The school board hopes to have a new superintendent in place by July 1.