Archive for Thursday, May 4, 2006

School board picks new superintendent

May 4, 2006

The Basehor-Linwood Board of Education has made a quick turnaround in hiring a new superintendent.

After a nearly 3 -hour-long executive session Monday night, the board offered Dr. Robert Albers a one-year contract as the superintendent of Basehor-Linwood schools for the 2006-07 school year.

Albers is currently the interim superintendent at Douglas County West Community Schools in Valley, Neb., and has 45 years experience in public education in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. In his 25 years as a superintendent, his most recent experience, besides his current interim position, was superintendent of Circle School District in Towanda, Kan.

He will replace former superintendent Jill Hackett. Board members originally terminated her contract in mid-April then reversed their decision and accepted her resignation. Hackett is on administrative leave until June 30.

Albers, who earned his doctorate in education from Kansas State University, his master's in education administration from Wichita State University and his Bachelor of Science from Benedictine College, will start on July 1. His salary is still being negotiated.

Board president Kerry Mueller is confident in Albers' abilities.

"Dr. Albers is dynamic, energetic and personable and the board believes he will be able to step in and keep the district moving forward," she said.

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