May 28, 2014

Denise Kahler, Director of Communications, 785-296-4876

For Immediate Release


Kansas State Board of Education Invites Public to Participate in Focus Groups as Search for New Education Commissioner Begins



The Kansas State Board of Education will host focus groups across the state to gather constituent input as the search for Kansas’ new Commissioner of Education gets underway. Former Education Commissioner Dr. Diane DeBacker submitted her resignation in April to accept a position as the Advisor to the Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council.


In the preliminary phase of the search process, a series of focus groups will be conducted in several State Board Districts to gather constituent feedback as to what they believe to be the most critical educational issues in Kansas, and the experiences and skills they feel are essential for this leadership position.


In Board District 6, Board member Deena Horst will conduct focus groups:

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

5 to 7 pm

Hiawatha Fisher Center

201 E. Iowa



Monday, June 2, 2014

6 to 8 pm

Robinson Education Center

2031 Poyntz Ave



Tuesday, June 3, 2014

6 to 8 pm

Smoky Hill Service Center

605 E. Crawford



Video conference sites also on June 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 1401 B Main in Hays and 1001 E. 7th Street in Concordia


The sessions are free and open to the public.