I am deeply saddened at the announcement that John Allison has accepted the position of Superindendent in Olathe Public Schools. In the many hours we have spent together, I have found him to be a strong advocate for our city, a man of outstanding character and an exceptional husband, father and son.
John Allison has provided exceptional leadership for USD 259 in these last 8 years. He is the architect of much of the strategic change in our District: our emphasis on rigorous curriculum and literacy. He has gone out of his way to build relationships with the business community and other districts in our state, regardless of size or influence. He a class act. John doubled his personal workload for the good of other staff members when he took on the duties of the Chief Operating Officer. I count him as a close and trusted friend. It has been a pleasure to spend so much time together.
Because of short-sighted decisions made in Topeka, his primary focus has been budget rather than curriculum. Despite that, his accomplishments in eight years have been stellar. Urban superintendents typically stay for only three years. Success in our District has been on the shoulders of this longevity.
Whether an in-state or out-of-state district, our highly trained, exceptional and effective educators are being poached because we cannot offer competitive salaries. When you don’t offer adequate salaries, whether it is for a superintendent or a teacher, you should expect to lose your best people.
He will be successful in this new venture, I have no doubt. I wish John and his family success. Olathe stands to gain an outstanding community member. And we are better for our time together.