The Circle Public Schools (USD 375) Board of Education voted unanimously to select Jim Johnson as the next Superintendent of Schools.
“We welcome Jim as he will assume the superintendent duties with the Circle Public Schools July 1,” said Board of Education President Stewart Stephens. “He offers educational experience spanning 25 years in educa-tion as well as experiences outside the educational realm. Jim and his wife, Sue, have a good understanding of the surrounding area as Jim has worked in USD 259 and the Rem-ington school district. The Circle school community looks forward to its continued development under the guidance of Jim Johnson.”
Johnson has been an educator since 1988, serving as an elementary classroom teacher, building principal and district superintendent at Pleasanton and Remington. Most recently, he worked in the Wichita Public Schools for five years. Johnson understands the challenges of education while developing a positive culture of collaboration, enhanced instructional practice and improved student achievement.
“I truly enjoyed the opportunity to meet the Board, administration, as well as some staff and community mem-bers and I came away convinced that great things are ahead for the entire Circle school family. It is an honor to serve as the Superintendent of Schools for USD 375 Circle,” said Johnson. “Circle has an outstanding district with wonderful people to work with on a daily basis. It will be a difficult task to follow in the footsteps of Mr. Keller, but there is a terrific base of support that will help ensure success.”
With a rich background in educational leadership and effective teaching practice, Johnson has led successful school efforts at the building and district levels. Colleagues will say he truly has the best interests of students at heart, he is calm under fire and handles himself professionally at all times. He is a dedicated family man. His willingness to listen and trust in others are qualities that allow others to reach their potential. He be-lieves that all students can and will learn if given the appropriate amount of time and support. Kids come first in all of his decisions. He holds district level certification from Wichita State University, a Masters in School Leadership from Friends University and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Sterling College. Jim and his wife, Sue, have three children: Melissa, Scott and Brad, as well as grandson, Ethan.