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School’s new top dog stressing teamwork

July 20, 2006

Robert Albers may be in a new school district, but he is no stranger to the position of superintendent.

Before taking over as superintendent of the Basehor-Linwood school district June 26, Albers was the interim superintendent of the Douglas County West Community Schools in Valley, Neb., and superintendent at Silver Lake, Powhattan, the Circle schools at Towanda and the Midway schools at Denton. Even with all of his experience in the position, Albers said every district is different.

"I've learned a lot these past two weeks," Albers said in a recent interview.

"How Basehor-Linwood operates and what my role will be in this operation. Every district has some differences and there are still some things I have to learn."

Albers said he was glad, however, to have some time during the summer months to get acquainted with the system before students return to schools.

"Things change a lot when school starts," Albers said. "I intend to get out into the buildings quite a bit. I'll be visiting with people, getting their feedback and getting the pulse of the entire district and students."

Albers fills a position that was vacated after the former superintendent, Jill Hackett, came under fire by some members of the school board, as well as staff members and patrons.

She was placed on administrative leave and then resigned, effective June 30. Board members actually had voted to not renew her contract -- but backtracked and allowed her to resign.

The new superintendent has several goals for the district, including continuing high test scores on state assessments.

"I know Basehor-Linwood has been quite successful in meeting their curricular goals and scoring high on state assessments," he said. "I want to take a look at the curriculum and continue to build on the successes they've had in the past."

Albers said he also will focus on teamwork.

"I just believe in doing the best possible job we can do," he said. "I also believe in synergism, teamwork. We're all in this together and we need to rely on and support one another."

School board vice president Pat Jeannin said Albers longevity in education is an asset.

"He is extremely experienced as a top school administrator, who has been involved in a multitude of situations that will probably help our district move forward," Jeannin said. "He is a true team player who has demonstrated it over 25 years of service as a top administrator."

And board member Dayna Miller is pleased with Albers' performance.

"I think he's going to have a calming effect," Miller said. "He's matter-of-fact about things. But he does a lot of listening. The district needs that healing."

Albers said he has learned a lot in his short time as superintendent of the Basehor-Linwood district and is looking forward to interacting with students and continuing interaction with staff.

"I can see it's going to be an interesting and exciting year and years," he said. "I'm looking forward to it."

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