KCK Superintendent Resigns After Less Than A month On The Job

Superintendent-Abrupt Resignation

July 28, 2018 - 5:19 pm

The interim superintendent for the Kansas City, Kansas, school district has resigned after less than a month leading the district.

Julie Ford resigned Friday, effective immediately. She did not explain her decision, which comes just days before incoming superintendent Charles Foust begins his tenure.

School board members appointed Assistant Superintendent Jayson Strickland to be acting superintendent until Foust arrives.

A district spokeswoman said Foust, the former chief school performance officer for Union County Public Schools in North Carolina, is expected to start in early August.

Foust was chosen over Strickland in June to succeed former Superintendent Cindy Lane, who retired this year. The decision was controversial because some thought Strickland, who has spent his 30-year career in Kansas City, Kansas, was better suited to lead the district.

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