Board renews contract of its superintendent
Throughout the past 18 months, Basehor-Linwood School Board members learned enough about the work of superintendent of schools Jill Hackett that they extended her contract for an additional year.
By unanimous vote, 6-0, the School Board voted Monday night to extend the contract until June 2007. It was set to expire in June of next year. The board's action came after it spent time in December evaluating Hackett's tenure.
"The Board is extremely pleased with Dr. Hackett," according to a statement released by the School Board. "The district has made great progress in all areas under her leadership. We look forward to continuing our work with her to achieve our goal of being a lighthouse school district in the state of Kansas."
Hackett, a former assistant superintendent in Goddard, Kan., replaced Cal Cormack as Basehor-Linwood's primary administrator in July 2003. At the time, she was a unanimous choice to succeed Cormack.
"I think we are making a lot of positive progress toward the leadership team's goals," Hackett said. Those goals include improving communications, developing a long- and short-term facilities plan, retaining and recruiting quality employees and continued improvement of the district's curriculum.