Superintendent Dr. Jim Hinson announced this morning that he is retiring effective June 30. In his letter to the public, Hinson cited his desire to spend more time with family and pursue other passions as his motivations for retirement. The school board will consider the issue at the April 24 board meeting. Board President Sara Goodburn said the board will also begin developing a transition plan, which will include appointing an interim superintendent.
Hinson joined the Shawnee Mission School District in 2013 following the retirement of former superintendent Dr. Gene Johnson.
Under Hinson, the district implemented the Macbook program, heightened security measures and put into effect the new late start schedule. However, he has also come under fire for budget cuts, supporting block grant funding and taking a 9 percent pay rise while teachers faced pay freezes.
Before coming to SMSD, Hinson was the superintendent of the Independence School District for 11 years and has worked in education for over three decades.
Hinson and Gooburns statements are below:
|A Note from Jim HinsonAfter 34 years in public education, with 28 of those serving as an administrator, I’ve decided to retire effective June 30, 2017. This decision will allow me to spend more time with my family, and pursue other lifelong goals.
I want to thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us every day. It’s a privilege we don’t take for granted. It’s been an honor for me to serve the great families of the district.
The board, administrators and employees of this fine district have provided me with terrific support over my tenure. I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity to have worked with each of them. I’m proud of the district and what it is today; and feel confident that the dedicated board members and talented leadership team will continue to ensure that Shawnee Mission continues to provide your family with the very best education possible.
A Note from Sara Goodburn, President of the Board of Education
On behalf of the board, we thank Dr. Hinson for introducing our district to relevant, innovative, state-of-the-art methods to deliver high quality education to all our students. He has been instrumental in developing our district’s 10-year strategic plan which enhanced academics, technology, safety and security, and communications. The district benefitted greatly from his impressive leadership and expertise in developing the 2015 no-mill-increase bond issue, allowing us to build new facilities. We wish him well as he begins this new chapter of his life.
The board will officially consider this issue at the board meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, April 24 at the McEachen Center. It will begin to develop a leadership transition plan, which will include appointing an interim superintendent.