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Board of Education Announces New Superintendent of Schools
At the April 10 Board of Education (BOE) meeting Heather Bohaty, current Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Derby Public Schools, was announced by the BOE as the next Superintendent of Schools with a 7-0 vote. She will begin this role on July 1 following Craig Wilford’s retirement. The Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) assisted our district in gathering public input. KASB conducted a series of characteristics focus group sessions with the community, students, teachers, classified staff and administration to obtain input on what others viewed as desirable traits of the new Superintendent of Schools. From this feedback, our Board of Education made the decision to interview internal candidates.
“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank the many students, employees and patrons who provided their feedback,” Matt Hoag, BOE President, said. “Because of your dedicated involvement and feedback, the board had a wealth of great information and criteria to consider through this process. The board is highly confident that Mrs. Bohaty will provide the best strategic leadership for Derby Public Schools and will drive us to achieve our new vision and mission in the coming years.”
Bohaty earned her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Washburn University, Masters in Educational Administration and Supervision from Wichita State University, and Superintendency/District Leadership from Wichita State University. She has dedicated her educational career to Derby Public Schools, serving the last 21 years in various capacities. She started her career as a communications teacher at Derby Middle School, then served nine years as a principal of Cooper Elementary and is now currently in her eighth year as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.
A community meeting for an opportunity to meet Bohaty will be held at Derby North Middle School on Monday, May 1 from 5:30PM-6:30PM. At 6:15PM, she will provide an overview of her Entry Plan, which provides goals to obtain during the first 100 days as Superintendent of Schools.
“It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to serve our community in the capacity of Superintendent of Schools,” Bohaty said. “Derby is where my husband and I raise our four children and where we call home. I am extremely proud to be apart of a community that supports exceptional educational experiences for all students. I look forward to working collaboratively with our Board of Education, staff, students families and community members.”
During the past several weeks, the superintendent search sub-committee (BOE Members Hoag, Matthew Joyce and Janet Sprecker) have looked into several aspects of the superintendent hiring process and contract “We have had multiple executive sessions to discuss these items and get additional guidance from the broader board,” Hoag said. “We worked with KASB and were informed that superintendent hiring processes vary widely across the state depending on the district and circumstance. The sub-committee also found that our existing and historical superintendent contracts were significantly incomplete. In that regard, we worked with both KASB and the district’s legal counsel to build a new contract framework to be applied to the superintendent position moving forward.”
Learn more about her entry plan HERE.
Process for Success Update:
In March of 2016 the Process for Success Committee (PFS) began the task of reviewing the school district’s current facilities, looking at enrollment projections, and assessing the best way to meet the current and long range facility needs of all students in an efficient and effective manner. The committee put together a facilities master plan proposal outlining needs broken down by facility with elementary schools, middle schools, the high school, athletic facilities, maintenance and transportation renovations. The committee defined the four primary facilities master plan goals as:
1. Safety and security at all district facilities, including storm shelters and ADA accessibility
2. Addressing deferred maintenance
3. Efficiency and growth
4. Curriculum and program equity
Community and staff input meetings to discuss the Facilities Master Plan proposal during the months of January and February, along with an online feedback form, provided valuable feedback on the Facilities Master Plan proposal. The PFS committee reconvened on February 9 to review feedback and establish the next steps in both short-term and long-term facilities planning within our district. The PFS asked that sub-committees reconvene to determine if there are additional options and do further research regarding school sizes and academic needs to ensure a Facilities Master Plan proposal is developed that reflects community needs while being a good steward of taxpayer dollars. The committee is working on a modified facilities master plan to present to the community at a tentatively scheduled meeting, pending Board of Education direction, on April 24. The PFS committee is focused on student safety as well as quality educational space and environment for our students. More information can be found on our website, www.derbyschools.com
, under Process for Success. Upcoming PFS Steering Committee meetings:
• April 6, 6:30PM, Derby North Middle School
• June 1, 6:30PM, Derby North Middle School
The PFS Committee will provide updates/discussion at the following Board of Education meetings:
• April 24, 6:30PM, City Hall
• June 12, 6:30PM, City Hall
Save the Date - Upcoming community meeting to present modified facilities master plan:
• Thursday, May 4 at 6:30PM, Derby High School Auditorium. *Meeting date is tentative pending Board of Education direction on April 24.
Order the DMS 2016-17 Yearbook here!
The Technology Department has created a website that provides information on current system status and known issues in the district. Click HERE to access this site. You can also access this site from the district home page under District then Staff Resources.
POWER HOUR (formerly known as tutoring) is offered on Mondays and Wednesdays after school from 3:35-4:30. Students who wish to attend should be in the media center no later than 3:35 with any materials needed to complete his/her assignments. Several teachers are available to help with questions from any content level. If students are bus riders, there is an activity bus that will pick them up at 4:30. Students who use POWER HOUR might need to.... re-take a test, make-up a test, complete absent work, finish a project for class, complete homework so it doesn't have to go home, get some extra help with a new or difficult concept, use a computer to complete an assignment for digital studies or JUST SIT AND READ!!