Incoming education commissioner and current USD 418 Superintendent unveils ‘visioning’ process

By Kansas Association of School Boards
December 10, 2014

Incoming state education commissioner Randy Watson has proposed a series of meetings across the state to gather input from Kansans on what they want their public education system to be.

Watson unveiled the proposed "visioning process" on Tuesday before the State Board of Education.

He said the goal is to find out what Kansans want to do to improve the lives of all students.

Several board members praised the idea.

"There has never been a statewide conversation like this," said Board Member Ken Willard of Hutchinson. "I think the timing is really good for it," he said.

Watson said the effort would include public meetings statewide where parents, students, business leaders, elected officials and others could discuss the future of Kansas' education system.

Watson, who is currently the superintendent of McPherson USD 418, said he would conduct the meetings prior to starting full-time as commissioner on July 1.

He said he would like to have the meetings done by the summer and then the job would be to put into action what was learned from the tour.