John McKinney is slated to be the next principal of SM East, replacing Dr. Karl Krawitz after this school year. McKinney has been associate principal at the school the past five years, the same span that Krawitz has been principal.
Before taking the associate principal role, McKinney had been an English teacher at SM East since 2001, moving there from Trailridge Middle School. That is where he joined the district in 1998. Before teaching, McKinney served in the U.S. Army and worked at Sprint.
McKinney was introduced to the SM East PTA Wednesday night. “This will be beneficial for the building and the community,” Krawitz said. “He’ll do a great job. The kids love him and the teachers have a great deal of respect for him. It will be a nice, smooth transition.”
Not only did Krawitz and McKinney start their administrative roles at East the same year, but Krawitz was the teacher in McKinney’s first master’s level class in administration, titled, “The Principalship.”
McKinney is a graduate of the district’s Career Advancement Program in Shawnee Mission (CAPS) and was instrumental in developing the Legal Studies Signature Program as well as redesigning SM East’s International Baccalaureate program. McKinney is originally from Emporia and has a bachelor’s from Ottawa University, a master’s from Friends University, his administrative certification through Baker University and plans to begin his doctoral work this summer at KU.
He and his wife, a first grade teacher at Brookwood Elementary, live with their children in Prairie Village.
McKinney’s appointment is expected to be ratified by the school board Monday night.