State education commissioner to discuss open Kansas City superintendent position

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 | 8:36 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — A top Missouri education official will be in Kansas City this week to discuss the departure of Superintendent John Covington and what it means for the historically troubled district.

State Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro will meet with various groups and the media during Wednesday's visit.

Covington resigned abruptly last week after a two-year term in which he oversaw the closing of nearly half the district's schools. Two days later, he accepted a job in Michigan leading an agency overseeing the state's poorest-performing schools.

Now, the school district is searching for its 27th superintendent since 1969. Teachers, parents and state education officials have been left wondering whether Covington's departure could freeze any momentum the district might have had and invite state intervention. The district's accreditation is up for review.


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