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TOPEKA — The Kansas School Superintendents’ Association (KSSA) has announced that three school superintendents are finalists for the 2022 Kansas Superintendent of the Year.
Among the three superintendents is Dr. Craig Correll of USD 445.
The other two finalists are Dr. Wayne Burke, superintendent of the Spring Hill school district, and David Grocer, superintendent of the Cheney school district.
The 2022 Kansas Superintendent of the year will be announced the week of Oct. 18.
In June, 12 Kansas Superintendents were nominated by their peers for this year’s award. Eight of the nominees completed the rigorous application process which includes completing four questions covering a variety of information from community engagement to student success, along with a personal video. These applications are reviewed and scored by a KSSA select committee.
Over the next two weeks, each of the finalists will be interviewed by a committee comprised of former Kansas Superintendents of the Year.
Dr. Correll has served as the USD 445 superintendent for seven years. He previously served as USD 445 assistant superintendent for seven years.
USD 445 is a unique district for Kansas because a majority of children and families in USD 445 are classified as at-risk due to one or more factors.
Over the last 30 years Coffeyville has watched its population decline by over 25% due to natural disasters, business relocation, and a lack of jobs.
In 2008, the school district had just two preschool classrooms. Dr. Correll forged a relationship with the regional director of SEK-CAP, who leads the Head Start programs. As they began to blend systems, the success stories made their rounds across the state, leading to additional opportunities to apply for grants and forge partnerships with other organizations.
The Coffeyville early-care education center is a true blending and braiding of funding streams that allow flexibility for their families and top-notch education for children. Coffeyville enhanced its focus to offer full-day opportunities for children. It should be noted through the community working together to support early childhood, Coffeyville raised $1.1 million and an individual donor matched that amount to elevate the program forward.