Public to get opportunity to meet USD 247 Southeast superintendent finalists

During Monday night’s monthly meeting the USD 247 School Board selected three finalists for the superintendent’s position, which will be open at the end of this school year.  The public will get an opportunity to meet and greet each of the candidates January 20-22.

Susan Beeson

On Tuesday, January 20, Susan Beeson will be at the Southeast High School for an open meet and greet.  The reception line will be available from 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.  Mrs. Beeson has been the Superintendent of Schools at USD 505 Chetopa-St. Paul since July 2012.  Previous experience includes 11 years as a school social worker and elementary counselor for SEK Special Education Interlocal #606 based in Pittsburg, Kansas; School Social Worker at Labette County USD #506 in Altamont and at Garden City Public Schools in Garden City; Pre-K-8 Principal at Crest USD #479 in Colony; and, Assistant Director of Special Education at Keystone Learning Services in Ozawkie, Kansas.  Beeson has a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Pittsburg State University, Master of Social Work (Clinical) School endorsement from the University of Kansas, Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Pittsburg State University, and District Leadership in Education from Pittsburg State University.

Rick Smith

On Wednesday, January 21, Rick Smith will be at the Southeast High School for an open meet and greet.  The reception line will be available from 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.  Mr. Smith has been a Principal at USD 287 West Franklin High School and West Franklin Middle School in Pomona, Kansas since 2008.  Previous experience includes being a 5th grade instructor at USD 461 Heller Elementary School in Neodesha, Kansas, Middle School instructor at USD 446 Independence Middle School, 5th and 6th grade instructor at USD 446 Riley Elementary School in Independence, 11 years as the Director of the Independence Recreation Commission, 6th grade instructor at USD 437 Auburn Elementary School in Auburn, Kansas, K-8 Principal at USD 287 Appanoose School in Pomona, Kansas, and 6-8 Principal at USD 287 West Franklin Middle School in Pomona.  Mr. Smith has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Master of Science in Educational Administration and a District Administrator Certification, all from Pittsburg State University.

Brad Miner

On Thursday, January 22, Brad Miner will be at the Southeast High School for an open meet and greet.  The reception line will be available from 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.  Mr. Miner has been the Principal of Royster Middle School in Chanute, Kansas since 2004.  Previous experience includes Industrial Arts Instructor at Montrose High School in Montrose, Missouri, Curriculum Writer for Synergistic Systems in Pittsburg, Kansas, Technical Education Teacher at Royster Middle School in Chanute, and Assistant Principal at Royster Middle School in Chanute.

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